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Old 01-30-2004   #11
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Your experience naturally!

I'm not familiar with much of the bc in that area, and I'm dying to explore it.

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Old 01-30-2004   #12
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Originally Posted by Pinner
Your experience naturally!
Well, I've only been towed behind a sled twice, and that was one of them. It was between 0F and -10F all day. 40' rope behind a sled through hairpins is unnerving. The sleds were dropped at the normal trail head (i.e. where cars can goto in the summer). They gained as 2 miles and around 1500 vertical. From there it was a full hour to the top of Rock of Ages Pass, another mile and 2300 vertical. If you just want to ski in Silver Pick Basin, sled is not required, probably 2-3 hour approach. Road goes the whole into the Basin as there used to be a mine up there, so no route finding.

I'm not familiar with much of the bc in that area, and I'm dying to explore it.

I'm not particularly familar with the San Juans either, we were making a bid for Mt. Wilson, but turned around due to a preponderance of talus with just 6" of fresh powder on top. Instead we skied in the Silver Pick Basin, which is great terrain if things are stable and the snow conditions are good (hhhmmm, normal Colorado qualifier).


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Just wishing we'd get about 3' to destabilize the snow pack. 18" at Snowmass today was quite fine!

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