Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  03/31/2008
Date Climbed:   03/30/2008
Author:  Snaggs

 Ski Descent of Quandary‘s south side   

We started up the eastern ridge at 7:30. The weather was variable, lots of wind, some snow, and a tiny bit of sunshine. The skinning became pretty difficult at about 13,100‘ due to high winds and low purchase on the wind-affected surface. We summited at about 11am. The clouds broke enough to get a full visual of the Blue Lakes dam, so we opted to ski Christo Couloir.

After a +/- 200‘ down-climb and some stress tests, we entered the couloir on the skiers‘ right. Snow conditions were variable: bullet-proof and wind crusted on the right side, cream cheese on the left. Coverage was pretty good, with only a few land mines on the right side. The new snow from earlier in the week had condensed to about 3" with high water content. On the skiers‘ left the new snow had not bonded well. As we skied, some sloughing and almost wet-like releases followed us down for a couple of turns. Poor bonding was ubiquitous at lower elevations.

The ski out was a breeze, smooth going all the way to the old Christo TH.

Sorry, no photos.


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