Late in the summer months, we spent many afternoons walking various features in search of potential ski terrain. The Kelly Mountain area has a lot of brush… a lot! So it makes skiing less desirable and requires some pre-ski season exploration to find those perfect shots! Our efforts have been good to us so far!
From the Y Junction we skinned the 1.6 miles up to Morgan Summit and made a quick stop at the warming hut (photo above). I’m sure the handful of Nordic skiers we met along the way and at the hut were a bit puzzled by the big fat powder skis on our feet and helmets strapped to our packs yet so far from the resort!
From the Morgan Summit Hut, we finished the half mile distance to an area near the Hawley Gulch Overlook. I was grinning ear to ear as we peeled off our skins and skied soft snow down the “Buckshot” into the depths of Hawley Gulch. In the above photo, Heather charges through the trees as we make our way onto an open ridge line below.
Me working the soft snow down the open ridge line as we head for our next destination… the Outer Limits Bowl
Heather making her was up the the ridge of Outer Limits. The lower portion of the Buckshot can be seen above Heather. Also, the Radio Tower on Kelly Mountain is visible way in the background on top of the summit ridge in the top center of the photo.
some of the goods in the Outer Limits Bowl! Hawley Gulch is waayyyy down there!
What a grand adventure so close to home. It was ski touring in its purest form; great skiing separated by great touring… a MEGA CLASSIC in my book!