Peak:  Mt. Sneffels (14er)
 Route:  Blaine Basin approach, lower snake
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Gueza
 Date of Info:  05/29/2011
 Date Posted:  05/30/2011

Did the approach from blaine basin to the base of the Snake couloir. The first 2 miles is dry, last mile and a half to the basin was a bush-wacking, route finding slush fest. To steep for skinning or snowshoes on the two headwalls, many waste deep post-holes over hidden dead fall and on the slope were made. Not sure if there is a well established trail there (we certainly did not find it). The snake has plenty of snow in it, however it is still a wintery snow pack up there and is no where even close to isothermal. We did not get the overnight freeze we were looking for and on top of that there are numerous wet layers inside of the snowpack. On our way out, we saw the aftermath a monster wet slab avalanche on an identical aspect to lower snake that wasn't their when we came in. Looked like it ripped near to the ground, taking most of the snowpack with it. The snake should be ski-able into mid June. I would not recommend the blaine basin approach however.

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