>San Juan County – Colorado

>Ian and I had one final day to explore some other terrain above Red Mountain Pass in Colorado. We luckily got some good beta from a local ski guide who happened to be guiding a client today.
It snowed all day as we skinned to a nice knoll at 12,400 feet before jumping off down the north side of the peak. It’s funny for me to think that we were really above 12,000 feet as the trees were just below us. The San Juan’s aren’t the Tetons where the tree line is about 10,000 feet.

We skied a really cool natural tree break that offered a great angle and really deep snow up high. The lower portion of the run was about 13 inches of new fluff.

Our turns dumped us out onto the highway about a mile down from the top of the pass. We packaged our skis and walked up the road hoping someone would stop and give us a ride, but we got to the top of the pass before anybody came by. Oh well, it was a great time. I get on a plane in Grand Junction tomorrow. I look forward to some exploration in the Big Holes when i get home!

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Parting Shot…

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