Torreys Peak 14,267′
April 10th, 2012
Ascent & snowboard descent of the Dead Dog Coulior
Climbed with Ben Lysdahl & Kris Serbousek
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Despite a near record low snow pack for this winter here in Colorado we still managed to ski some fun lines. Knowing it would be an easy day we got a later start leaving the house around 7am and pulling into the trailhead parking lot just after 8am. We were able to drive all the way up to the summer trailhead, the road had melted out already (no plowing, yes we had that bad a year). With a good freeze we managed to skin about 80% of the way to the base of Torreys, only walking the rolling couple hills just before reaching the climb. With the three of us swinging leads we made very quick time in our ascent topping out around 11am.
The sun had done it’s job as we made our first turns on nice soft 50 degree corn off the summit. We traversed after our initial turns standing atop the Dead Dog Coulior. The descent from here was a bit mixed. The left side along the rocks was rotten in spots and the far right tucked in the shade held a couple sections of nasty ice. Sluff and scraps depending on the turn led down to a perfect corned apron where it soon became a big GS course around the rocks that had tumbled down the coulior previously. With our stomachs growling from the abrupt morning rush of physical activity we headed back to the truck and switched into sandals for a bit. Since the ski hill was still open we figured we would double down on the corn and head up Vail for some bonus lift accessed turns for the remainder of the day. The hill was sloppy towards the bottom but an excellent bonus to an already great spring day.