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Ski Mount Lincoln!

 

Spring skiing is coming! It will be warm, sunny, the wind will drop, the snow will stabilize, and the sun will bake some sweet corn for great turns. So lets go ski a big monster peak covered in corn!

I looked at all the peaks in the nearby ranges and the biggest continuous ski descent that is steep enough for good skiing is found on the east face or Ampitheater route of Mount Lincoln in the Ten Mile Range near Breckenridge.  It has a drop of 3,500 ft with great skiing!  Other peaks in the Ten Mile Range or Sawatch Range have a similar overall elevation drop but the ski descents involve miles of flat or low angle touring, giving only about 2,000 ft of decent skiing.  So the Ampitheater Route on Lincoln will give us the biggest corn monster and most fun corn skiing around.  Lincoln tops out at 14,300 ft.  We will start from near Montgomery Reservoir at 10,800 ft, and be able to ski from the top of the peak all the way down to the Reservoir.  The snow coverage is good because the Ampitheater is east facing and shaded from the wind-blown faces and ridges.  We skied this a couple of years ago and it was a great continuous ski descent from the top all the way to the bottom.  With all the recent new snow it should be even better.  So lets go ski this monster!

We will meet at 7:00 AM at the Wooly Mammoth parking lot on I-70 at the JJ sign. Boulder people are welcome to arrange a carpool and then meet us at the Wooly Mammoth lot to arrange the final carpool.

Snowshoers are welcome to come join the fun.  Doggies are welcome to join us too.

My cell is[masked] if you need to contact me for any reason.

Lets ski high in the sky and taste some corn!

Rom

 

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  • Rom M.

    Awesome! We had a fantastic day skiing Mt. Lincoln! We skied the long gentle slope to the south of the Ampitheater Route. The weather was perfect, little wind, warm, and we could see forever from the top. The skiing was great! A nice powdery frosting on top of a solid base. We skied from the top all the way to the cars. A monster run. Spring skiing in the Front Range is looking great!

    1 · May 6, 2013

    • Natalie M

      I skied Cristo couloir on Quandary. It was awesome :)

      May 6, 2013

    • Laura

      I skied 4 days at a mogul camp at a basin and I am beat. Ready for some buttery backcountry runs!

      May 6, 2013

  • chris u.

    i see you at 6:00 AM in the Wooly Mammoth parking lot on I-70 at the JJ sign. ill be in a 2 tone cherokee.

    May 4, 2013

    • Rom M.

      Chris I switched it to 7:00 am.

      May 4, 2013

  • Matt H.

    I'm a little concerned about the weather and avalanche conditions so I'm going to pass this time. Have fun and be safe.

    May 4, 2013

  • Rom M.

    Hey everybody I just got back. Let's meet at Wooly Mammoth at 7:00 am, check the weather and then decide where to go. I will update the Meetup now too.

    May 4, 2013

  • Drew

    My knee is bothering me again, so I doubt I'll make it tomorrow.

    May 4, 2013

  • Allen K.

    Not feeling well. You guys have fun tomorrow.

    May 4, 2013

  • chris u.

    Keep it the same. Lets go enjoy the trip, sounds fine.

    May 4, 2013

    • paul f.

      Chris...you out there....what is the plan for tomorrow?

      May 4, 2013

    • paul f.

      Can you give me a call three zero seven 287 9510....I would still be willing to come but I'm coming from Cheyenne Wy and would stay in Silverthorne...at this point I've heard back from noone so not sure if I would be able to meet the group as I don't know where and more importantly when you'll be wherever.

      May 4, 2013

  • paul f.

    Hello all, I would be coming down and staying in Silverthorne on Sat. pm. Would be interested in meeting up....would also need to know where to meet people etc. my cell three zero seven 287 9510.
    Wondering where the plans are at with all of the weather discussion.

    May 3, 2013

  • Jeremy W.

    With the weather I'm thinking of doing Forest Lakes so we can have better luck at some powder. If this gets rescheduled I will come!

    May 3, 2013

  • Laura

    Ends up I can't make it, so I will not be meeting you in Frisco. Maybe we could do a ski in June with the rate snow is coming through.

    May 3, 2013

  • Rom M.

    I just checked the Buckskin Joe Snotel instrument and the snowpack has consolidated by 8 inches due to the warm temperatures since the snowfall on Wed. It is definitely on it's way to spring conditions. Lets discuss Saturday night. We could also decide when we meet Sunday morning. I might change the meeting time to 7 am so that it will be warmer when we summit for whatever we ski.

    May 3, 2013

  • Chris M.

    By snowshoers are you also refeeing to snowboarsers being welcome to join?

    May 3, 2013

    • Rom M.

      Of course snowboarders can join.

      May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Again, this sounds amazing. Do I need any equipment?

    May 1, 2013

    • Rom M.

      Camilla, if you don't know what backcountry ski gear is then I highly recommend that you just bring snowshoes.

      May 3, 2013

    • Rom M.

      Drew, we will be using skins.

      May 3, 2013

  • Natalie M

    I wouldn't worry too much about new snow. Mosquito range tends to be super windy, and snow barely sticks up there. We hiked Lincoln about 2 months ago from Quartzville side there was almost no snow. Ok, they got more snow since then, but judging from skiing Bierstadt last week, a lot of it has already melted out before this new storm.
    If we decide to climb from Montgomery reservoir TH, there is an established climbers trail to the right of ice falls. Again, when I was there back in January, there was some snow but nothing to.worry about.
    I am much more concerned about amount of new snow expected on Saturday and uncertain weather forecast on Sunday.:(
    On a side note, if anybody expects Rom to tell you if it "safe" to go on a trip or not, maybe you shouldn't be there. Learn to do your own snowpack evaluations and try to avoid the herd mentality in the BC. Just my.$0.02.

    May 1, 2013

    • shawn

      The buckskin joe snotel station( 11150 feet )shows that they have gotten about 7 inches over the last 24 hrs. Fremont pass (11400 feet ) shows around 5 inches over the last 24 hours. Both of these stations seem to have been going down in depth over the last 24 hours showing consolidation of the lower layers. We should keep an eye on these stations over the next few days along with the weather but at this point I think I agree with you that the weather over the weekend is the largest concern.

      May 2, 2013

    • Natalie M

      Sunday weather still looks like POS. Above the tree line won't be much fun.:(

      May 2, 2013

  • Joel

    Looking dicey, think I will do a tour somewhere. Have fun wherever you wind up going!

    May 2, 2013

  • Rom M.

    Yes I agree that we should be concerned about the avalanche conditions this weekend. The snow simply has not consolidated yet and we do not have spring conditions. We should approach this weekend with the caution that we normally apply during the winter. So here are two options. One we ski James peak. We didn't get to ski it two weeks ago because of high winds and instead skied corn in Jenny Lind. James has a super low angle totally safe East face that is a blast to ski. So that would be a fun option. Another is the East face of Lincoln to the south of the Ampitheater route. That route is totally low angle and should be fine. However the skiing may not be as good as the Ampitheater and maybe the weather on Sunday will not be great for a 14er. I may have to cancel the San Juans trip in mid-May because they didn't get any spring snow, so we could ski Lincoln or Mt. Toll then too.

    May 2, 2013

  • Laura

    We just received over a foot of fresh powder - no corn in Summit County. Do you think it is still safe with all this new snow?

    1 · May 1, 2013

    • Jeremy W.

      I am concerned too Laura, I did this Lincoln trip in 2011 and there are steep sections near the bottom. I am interested in coming up with a plan B if anyone else feels the same way.

      May 1, 2013

    • shawn

      I agree we should have a plan B. Lincoln would be dangerous in non spring conditions. The bottom steep sections have nasty terrain traps at the bottom, a slide would be very bad. Is there perhaps a long way around it?

      May 1, 2013

  • Jeremy W.

    I really want to come on this trip... I am just starting to worry about about the unstable winter snow conditions given that the lower section of this route is in steep terrain. Can someone convince me there's nothing to worry about?

    May 1, 2013

  • Richard H.

    I have to beg off due to finals in school.

    May 1, 2013

  • chris u.

    Sounds fun. I'll see you there.

    April 30, 2013

  • Allen K.

    Sweet corn;b

    April 29, 2013

  • Joel

    I'll be in Salids that weekend, will meet you at the trailhead.

    April 29, 2013

  • Natalie M

    I am a maybe pending weather/snow conditions, etc

    April 27, 2013

  • Henry

    Family stuff...sorry.

    April 23, 2013

  • Rom M.

    Laura, yes we can meet you in Frisco.

    April 22, 2013

  • Laura

    I live in Dillon - Can I meet you at Frisco Safeway to drive over?

    April 22, 2013

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