Sunday, October 29, 2006

Berthoud Dawn Patrol - October 26, 2006

Riders: Lacy and Oliver

On Thursday morning I did a dawn patrol with my co-worker Lacy.There was 2ft of powder on Berthoud from the storm. The stuff was so deep you could not get going on the low angle stuff. It was also a little bit on the heavy side, but still alright.

We got quite a few face shots that morning. We left at 9:30 and it was still dumping.

The driving was hard though. I-70 was shut down on the way back at Floyd Hill. A big truck was all across I-70. We made it back on US-6.

Afterwards we both went back to work with a big grin in the face.

Picture 1: Lacy Skinning up (Click to enlarge)

Lots of faceshots:

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Berthoud Pass - October 21, 2006

Riders: Vince, Dave, Gary, Steve, Oliver

The 2006/2007 backcountry snowboarding season is officially underway for me after this weekend. Friday was a quick warm up round and Saturday was very sweet after all the powder we got overnight. We had a 10" base and overnight we received over 12". When you got into some of the wind blown stuff you had well over 18" of the fluffy new stuff on top of the base. We made some nice turns off Berthoud Pass.

Picture 1: Skinning up (Click to enlarge)

Picture 2: Getting Ready for the downhill

Picture 3: Hiking up again

Picture 4: Steve enjoying some sweet turns

Picture 5: Dave getting after it

Picture 6: Gary spraying the pow

Picture 7: Steve in the knee deep stuff

Picture 8: Another Dude enjoying some pow

It was a great outing. There would have been even some better spots. Apparently they got way more fresh stuff on the west side of the continental divide. Check out iskibc's trip report.... it's just sick:
I think that was at Vail Pass.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Berthoud and Jones Pass - October 20, 2006

I went up to Berthoud Pass this Friday to get some first tracks of the 2006/2007 season. Berthoud was a little disappointing. You could only ride just what you see to the left and right of the Pass highpoint. There was about 10", but no base.

I decided to go over to Jones Pass and there was some more snow. However also there most of the upper part is quite wind scoured. I still found a decent line from the top and got some freshie turns in. With every third turn you hit a rock or something, but it was still good for the beginning of the season.

It was snowing pretty hard when I left around 3PM. The snow storm for tonight looks promising!!!

Picture 1: Berthoud looking NW - Quite wind scoured the top (click to enlarge)

Picture 2: Road to Jones Pass looks more promising

Picture 3: On top of Jones Pass. (Snow and wind)

Picture 4: Got some decent tracks

Picture 5: Below treeline you had to watch out a little.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Rollins Pass (Attempt) - October 14, 2006

I was stocked to get the first turns in of the 06/07 season. I hooked up with Gary (Killclimbz) and Steve. We opted for Rollins Pass... was probably the wrong choice. There was very little snow up there. We still could have gotten some turns in, however the rough road finished our adventure. We had a flat.
We did not wanna get stuck up there with the donut and turned around early. Bummer!