“Worth It”

This weekend marked the first REAL snow we have had in almost a month. So determined to get after it as much as humanly possible we planned ourselves a nice little (read: driving heavy) weekend to take advantage of as much new snow as possible. Saturday morning we headed up to Cameron Pass with Ryan from the “Denver Splitboard Crew” group on Facebook. Despite the three hour drive each way we just knew it would be “worth it”.

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“Worth it” is a tricky concept though, and I’m not sure exactly where the 50 mph gusts and complete whiteout condtions, which is what we were greeted to in the parking lot, fall on the “worth it” scale. Regardless, we were stoked to get out and explore a new zone as well as ski somewhere that actually had some snow. And while the conditions weren’t exactly prime for picture taking …

Cameron Pass Approach Cameron Pass View Cameron Pass Skin Track

They were totally “worth it” for skiing.

We mounted up in the parking lot and headed towards Montgomery Bowl. We had a pleasant skin through the trees for about an hour, enjoying having something other than rocks, dirt, and facets to slide on. At about 11,000 ft we finally broke out into the bowl … we think.

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Montgomery Bowl

None of us had ever been ’round these parts before and with super minimal visibility we really had no idea what we were after. But whatever this was … we were going to ski it!

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Conditions varied from boottop powder to icy death crud and with the flattest light known to man you often had no idea what lay in store for the next turn. But skiing is skiing and this was no pretend powder day. So shred we did. All the way back down to the car.

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And off we headed into a whiteout in search of the illusive “short cut” to the promised land commonly referred to as the Fraser Valley and Berthoud Pass.

Cameron Pass Whiteout

It’s funny how a month without snow can skew your perspective and make driving 5 hours round trip to ski in a blizzard “worth it”…

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  1. Posted December 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Nice looking trip, I have to admit that while those bluebird days are nice and all, sometimes after a particularly long snow drought I just want to FEEL some weather. Know what I”m saying?

    Way to get after it. Be safe.

    • Posted December 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      Definitely know what you mean. All things equal I wouldn”t have complained about a little better visibility, but I was just stoked that it was actually snowing.

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