Deep Powder Skiing with KMG!
Yesterday was one of those days to remember on Red Mountain Pass. 16” of new, dry snow fell overnight and CDOT was out in force keeping the highways open so that skiers like us could get to the goods. After waiting on Molas pass for crews to conduct avalanche control work, I scooted into Silverton, picked up Rob, Jason, Molly, and Kory, and high-tailed it to Red Mountain Pass before CDOT closed it down for continued avalanche mitigation. We slipped through right before the plows blocked traffic, and had the entire pass to ourselves for the day!
The snow was knee deep in spots but I was able to break a good trail almost to the top of McMillen Peak. We all skied together back to treeline, and then descended a fantastic gully with terrifically deep snow. Ear to ear grins were had by all. Everyone proclaimed it their best powder run ever, and I couldn’t argue, so we went back up and did it again.
The sun was peeking out so we decided to skin over into US basin and do some exploring up high. Our second run topped out on the ridge with great, panoramic views. Red Mountain Pass was all dressed up in white for us! We skied yet another fantastic line in silly deep snow down the backyard run, and then shuffled along until we could skin back up to the St. Paul Lodge. We finished our day with a lap on the front yard. Sadly, the sun had turned our pixie dust to breakable crust, reminding us all that powder like this doesn’t last for long.
KMG Ski guide and AIARE avalanche instructor: John Minier