Well I just checked the snow forecast and the mountains are going to get buried on Wed-Thurs with snow. They are calling for between 7-14 inches of snow in the northern Colorado Rockies. So the skiing on Saturday should be fantastic. Join us for a backcountry ski to the classic Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hidden Valley has a huge wide open bowl that offers great skiing with big turns. There are also fun powdershot lines that run down through the trees east of the bowl that are always loaded with deep powder. We will skin up to the top of the Bowl and then do a run down with big turns through the open bowl or edge of the bowl. Then we will skin up to the ridge east of the bowl, and ski a long run down through the glades loaded with deep powder, and back to our cars. Hidden Valley also has a warming hut which is fun to hang out in. The ski to the top of the bowl is about 2.0 miles with 2,000 ft of gain.
Skiers definitely bring skins to go uphill. Snowshoers are welcome to join the fun and laugh at the skiers faceplanting. Doggies unfortunately are not allowed in the Park.
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 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!
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