Exploratory Ski of Meadow Mountain!

Join us for an exploratory ski to ski a new line on Meadow Mountain near Allenspark.  We were looking on Google Earth and noticed a new line that descends north-east from the summit.  It is a drainage that is two drainages north of the standard Meadow Mountain runs.  On Google Earth it looks pretty good with a long 1.5 mile gladed run with a 2,000 ft drop. So we would like to check it out.  There could be some access issues because the line starts from Meadow Mountain Drive, which has houses along it.  So we may have to figure out where to park, and how to ski around private property.  If you would like a little exploration then come join us.  The skiing could be incredible or it may totally suck.  The tree density on Google Earth looks okay but it is possible that it could get tight.

Skiers definitely bring skins to go uphill. Snowshoers are welcome to join the fun and laugh at the skiers faceplanting.  Doggies are welcome too.

We will always try to ski low angle slopes (less than 25-30 degrees) or in the trees in order to minimize avalanche risk.  It is highly recommended to bring an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel to improve group safety.  If you do not have this gear then you can still come since we will try to avoid avalanche terrain, but please be careful.

Denver people meet at 8:30 AM on Sunday, Jan. 12th at the Safeway on Federal and West 74th in Westminster.  We will arrange a carpool from there.

Boulder people meet at 9:05 AM at the Safeway on 28th and Iris in north Boulder. Meet at the small parking lot on the south side of Safeway, behind a line of trees, across from Starbucks, and next to O'Reillys Auto parts.

The Denver carpool will come to the Boulder Safeway and we will arrange the final carpool there.  The Denver carpool will probably arrive around 9:05-9:10 AM.

You can call me at[masked] if something comes up.

Lets go ski some sweet backcountry powder!
Rom

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  • Rom M.

    Our exploratory ski of the northern drainage of Meadow Mtn turned out to be fairly good. We skinned up to near the top of the drainage. The snow was perfect with about 15 inches of light champagne powder on a base. The upper half of the ski down was through fairly dense trees. Not too tight, but not open enough for good skiing. The lower half was pretty good. We stayed primarily on the north facing side of the drainage, above the creek. Again, the lower half is pretty good and worth skiing. This line might get added to our ski list.

    March 25, 2014

  • JJ Y.

    okay so what are the coordinates if i was to just meet you at the trail head. and whats the trailhead called.
    also is there any backcountry camping near there. I was planning on going camping tonight near that area.

    March 21, 2014

    • Rom M.

      Just meet us at the intersection of highway 7 and the town of Allenspark. There is no trailhead. You might be able to camp at the end of Ski Road in Allenspark.

      March 21, 2014

  • Jeremy W.

    Curious about what private property issues we might encounter, I was just looking at Boulder County's online mapping application (http://maps.bouldercounty.org/boco/emapping). It shows property boundaries and parcel information. From what I can see, Meadow Mountain Rd enters National Forest land at the very end of the road, so access there is probably fine. Closer to the curve at Willow Creek, there is a thin strip of private land along the south side of Meadow Mountain Rd. This strip of land is listed as being owned by "TRIPLE CREEK RANCH MAINTENANCE". There is no home on this parcel and its legal description is "1.34ACS M/L RECREATIONAL AREA TRIPLE CREEK RANCH USED AS ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL FOREST & TRAIL HEAD". Sounds like this area shouldn't be a problem and maybe there's even a trailhead.

    March 19, 2014

    • Colin

      Hi, I'm not attending, but am somewhat familiar if I'm thinking of the right area. The road is likely snowpacked and steep enough you'll need 4WD or chains to access. Houses in that area tend to be summer residences (no winter water) so likely won't be inhabited.

      March 21, 2014

    • Rom M.

      Thanks Colin. You may be right. We might end up having to ski up these roads just to get to the drainage.

      March 21, 2014

  • Warren G.

    I'm assuming the group will be going through Lyons to get to the trail head. If so can I meet the group at the Stone Cup. If not can you let me know the best place to meet up near the trail head.

    March 21, 2014

    • Rom M.

      We will stop at the Stone Cup and see if you are there.

      March 21, 2014

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