A Year Of Skiing In Pictures

Sept 30 marked twelve consecutive months of skiing for Silo, Diesel, Betsy, and I. And in retrospect much of last year wasn’t great, but more of last year was absolutely tremendous. Here are our last twelve months in pictures.

Rollins Pass October Turns Berthoud Pass - The Meadows - November 12th 2012

Even in October and November we had no shortage of soft snow at Rollins and Berthoud Passes.

George and the Pups About to Drop Into the South Chutes Cameron Pass - Montgomery Bowl

December was slow on the snowfall front … but when it snowed we took advantage.

Ajax Chest Deep for Someone at Least on the East Side Runs

January didn’t fare much better … but Aspen is always fun and Diesel can always find the soft snow.

Aguille Du Midi Brevent

Come February we found ourselves in Chamonix in the middle of one of their best winters ever.

George Enjoying Some Spring Powder in the North Chutes  X Bowl

But March was when real Winter started. Beginning a stretch of three months of all time conditions.

Highlands Bowl Hiking Spring Powder on Little Elvis

April came and as closing day parties approached at the resorts the snow was piling up in the backcountry and the skiing was the best it had been in two years.

Steep Couloirs in Flora Creek May Powder on Byers Peak

May yielded us less closing day parties (because there was no where left to close…) but far more beautiful backcountry powder.

Arapahoe Basin Pond Skimming June in the Indian Peaks

June granted us the seasons final closing day at Arapahoe Basin, and a gradual transition from powder to big lines. But still some powder.

Betsy Above Skyscraper Lake Skyscraper Glacier from Below

In July the powder relented, but the big lines hung around despite record heat.

A 15 Minute Hike Yields Some Midsummer Snow A Turn's a Turn

After record heat through the first month of summer late August turns were more for sport than for skiing’s sake.

The Joys of Night Skiing Without a Headlamp Stoke Factor: 1,000,000

And with 3 hours left in September we got on Loveland’s snowmaking patch to round out the year.

Not bad for a “bad” winter!

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