|Peak:||Blanca Peak (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||04/27/2013|
Hauled ski gear up the Lake Como road on Friday and skinned to 13k‘ on Saturday only to find Blanca devoid of snow. Snow conditions were firm with a fresh 1-2" of powder from the previous night making for a nice ski back to Lake Como and down the road another 1/4 mile. The road has partial snow-coverage above 10,000‘.
Images 1-3 were taken near Crater Lake and show the lack of snow on the face. #4 was taken from much lower (later in the day) and shows the lack of snow on the summit and drop-in to the face.
Comparing these photos to the snow conditions in
from Carl‘s 2010 trip report, it‘s clear the current conditions are very thin.
Photos (click for slideshow):