Join us for a backcountry ski to the infamous Banana Bowl in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Banana Bowl (north-east face of Flattop Mtn) has a huge wide open low-angle north facing slope for fantastic skiing. It also has an east facing low-angle gladed slope that always serves up thigh deep powder for great skiing. If there is fresh snow or spring corn we ski the wide open Banana bowl, otherwise we shred the deep powder on the gladed slope. There are astonishing views of Glacier Gorge and snowcapped peaks from the top of the bowl. Skiing the Banana Bowl starts from the Bear Lake trailhead, and is about 2.5 miles with 2,000 ft of gain.
Skiers will definitely want skins to go uphill. Snowshoers are welcome to join the fun and laugh at the skiers faceplanting. Sadly doggies cannot come because of National Park rules.
All the slopes we will ski are less than 25 degrees so avalanche risk is minimal. If you have an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel then bring it all, the safer the better. However, since we are skiing low angle slopes, beacons are not required.
Since I have now moved to Denver I am going to have a Denver meeting spot too. :) Lets meet at 9:00 AM at the Safeway on Federal and West 74th Ave in Westminster. We will arrange carpools from there.
Boulder people meet at 9:45 AM at the Justice Center parking lot on the south-east corner of Canyon and 6th in Boulder. The Denver carpool will swing by the Justice Center and we will arrange the final carpool from there.
You can call me at[masked] if something comes up.
Lets go ski some sweet powder or spring corn!
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