Northern Colorado Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
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By telejet9
#10416
ssmtbr has been eyeing up these for a couple years now. Conditions came together this year! We went pretty light since it was a ways in and we knew the trip out was going to be rough. We hit snow pretty early on the trail and it was firm which allowed us to move quickly and efficiently.


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There were some snowshoe tracks for the first 3 miles or so then it was route finding via marks on the trees and memory from an earlier recon mission.

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Stormy Peak and Stormy Pass up ahead. We took a longer way around to avoid the possibility of getting cliffed out. Turns out we could have descended where we thought, but better safe than sorry.

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First good views of the lines. Sugarloaf Mtn on the left and Ramsey on the right. We skied the line that splits the main face of Ramsey and has a large boulder/wall in the upper part of the line. We timed the ascent and first descent perfectly. The second descent was a little sloppy, but manageable.

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We gained the ridge via the path of least resistance...although there was still some grunting.

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After gaining the ridge and with Ramsey in the background we pushed on to the summit of Sugarloaf Mtn.

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It's a broad summit and allows crazy views in all directions. Looking west towards CP.

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Zoomed in from the last shot...recognize those?

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Looking ENE towards the plains.

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We downclimbed back to our skis and were ready to ski the first couloir. The snow was perfect. It was hard to spot since the line had a pretty good rollover right at the top. Radios in this situation are great. We could easily keep tabs on each other.

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Super fun line! Stoked to get the first one and now on to the next.

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Looking back towards Stormy Peaks while we transitioned back to booting. Both of us used tech crampons and one ice axe. Tech crampons are perfect for situations where you don't need a whole crampon and save quite a bit of space and a little weight.

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We ascended back up our first bootpack then summited Ramsey Peak, but not before taking a nice break to eat and bask in the sun in a grassy area. We then headed over to the 2nd line.

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There was a bit of a dogleg so we skied it in 2 segments.

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The lower half.

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Damn that was a fun line!

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View of both lines from the valley bottom. We skied down the valley to a line that had a bit of snow. We had intended to ascend the snow, but it was pretty gloppy by then. It became easier to just boot up the dirt adjacent to the snow.

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Look down the valley. We ascended the slope on the right to gain the summer trail and make our way back out. We were able to ski most of the way out then it became patches of snow and dirt. That was exhausting. Felt great to hit the car, take the pack off, throw on some flip flops and crack open a beer.

If anyone has any history on these lines, I'd love to know. It was a 15 mile round trip, so I'm guessing not too many people have skied them.

Let's keep the spring stoke going!

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By d-rock
#10418
Beautiful! I had to pull out the topo to find these obscure peaks! I smell a couple of first descents.... Probably no crowds, either! Thanks, for the great stoke!
By Matt Wood
#10419
Radical. Looks like some fun lines
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