Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Date Posted:  04/25/2012
Date Climbed:   04/24/2012
Author:  Mrwaffles989
Additional Members:   mitrik
 Excellent Spring Day   

I refuse to let this season die.

I met up with Mitrik and we began hiking from Kite Lake just before 6:00am. I thought Democrat was going to be bland skiing, but we actually found some fun terrain and great snow.

Mitrik skins away from the sunrise.

We climbed to the top of this bowl. The max slope angle is 44 degrees.

Mt. Massive

Mt. Elbert

La Plata Peak

Mitrik tops out on the first slope.

I arrived at the summit. MrWaffles sports the V-neck

I spotted this beauty, west of the summit. I will ski it soon.

I began looking for the best route down, i.e. the most continuous. Emma Lake Chutes appeared to be it. This small section interrupts the skiing.

We lounged around waiting for the corn to bake. Then started skiiing:

We then arrived at this couloir. The snow was the creamiest of cream. I measured the slope at just under 45 degrees. Mitrik filmed the descent, and I photographed it.

(photo by Mitrik)

We exited. Mitrik went right to do some filming. I then skied off to the left.

Looking up at the first chute.

Mitrik over on a ridge.

I then discovered another chute. This short slope is just under 50 degrees.

A look up at the ski route.

Still more to go.

We skied all the way back to the parking lot, arriving just after 11:00. It was another great day in the mountains. Even with the lack of snow this season, I'm having a great spring. Looking to get down to the San Juans this weekend.

Oh and since we got done so early, we went and finished the day at A-Basin. We behaved like children on recess.

Snow conditions were weird so I ended up in the back seat.

Spring skiing is the best skiing.

 Comments or Questions

04/25/2012 16:31
damn, surprised that you are still alive, and that you found some decent looking snow. FYI, that coulie to the west is Arkansas Mountain.


04/25/2012 22:19
What route did you climb? Would it be a good novice snow climb? Would the bowl(3rd pic) be a good first 14er ski descent?


04/25/2012 22:56
We just booted up the bowl in the 3rd pic and then walked to the summit from there. The slope's not terribly steep. It's a pretty smooth run out. I imagine you would be alright if you fell. Go for it.


04/25/2012 23:17
Would I need to be practiced with ice axe arrest to climb this?
Is the way you climbed it a specific route?


04/25/2012 23:35
No and no. My 1st answer would be vehemently argued against by other people. I didn't even consider bringing an axe or crampons, but that's just me. My partner on the other hand, did have an ice axe and crampons, and used both. I measured the upper slope at 44 degrees, so if you fall you're gonna slide a ways, how far depends. My mentality is one of, ”Well if you don't bring an axe, then just don't fall and you'll be fine. ” Take it with a grain of salt.

Make your own decision and have fun.


04/25/2012 23:44
Alright, I think I'll bring an ice axe and use it as an opportunity to practice. Do you have a picture of your acsent route from Kite Lake?


Well if you already own an ice axe!
04/26/2012 00:05
and are asking if you should bring one, then that means that you should definitely bring it.

I will dry a pretty picture for you and post in 5 mins. It's not a hard route though..


This should answer all your questions:
04/26/2012 00:21


04/26/2012 00:48
when are you looking to do this ski? i might be interested if you were to do it friday


04/26/2012 01:23
Sorry, I was planning to do it in mid to early May.


04/26/2012 01:45
What would you rate the bowl dificulty wise for skiing? I am not very experienced and might just want to glissade down. By the way, was your ascent route the same as scramble's?


mrwaffles 989
04/26/2012 03:37


04/26/2012 14:28
Thanks for taking me far from my cubicle in Chicago.


05/03/2012 12:26
Do you think that the bowl would be in condition to ski/climb in early June?

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