Peak:  Mt. Shavano (14er)
 Route:  Southeast Slopes via Angel of Shavano TH
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Artvandalay
 Date of Info:  05/04/2011
 Date Posted:  05/04/2011

Got to the top of Shavano today via the Southeast slopes starting at the Angel of Shavano Trailhead. There's no significant snow below 10K feet but theres still a lot on top. The Angel isn't really discernible due to large amounts of snow. I topped Esprit Point which also had a lot of snow as well. Good glissading on my route and the standard route as well would provide a nice glissade down. No good ski lines from the summit either. You have to start right at the saddle between Esprit and Shavano to get any descent line. The snow is good quality skiing powder right now. This unique approach to shavano is a viable route for probably another 2-3 weeks without more snowfall. Not a great route without snow I'd guess. Tabeguache was just a little too far out reach today but it looked good and ready to be climbed. Winds were moderate and unrelenting above 13,500 ft. below that not a problem. I'd guess that the standard Blank's Cabin TH is likely accessible without any or much snow cover on the 252 road. I can't say for sure but I'd bet on it. Bring on the summer!

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