telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
11/18/17, 03:20 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2013 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  June 2013 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  June 05, 2013 Colchuck
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: June 05, 2013 Colchuck  (Read 2464 times)
jtack
Member
Offline

Posts: 665


June 05, 2013 Colchuck
« on: 06/06/13, 12:39 PM »

I was having a tough time finding a partner to ski Colchuck, and had resigned myself to a solo, but at the last minute,  I was saved.  We left the parking lot, at 0615, and were standing on the col by 1215.  We set a leisurely pace and enjoyed the company and the spectacular views. The snow was soft enough to skin all the way, the first time I have ever been able to do that.  The snow was particularity soft the last 1000 feet below the col, with a fair amount of that snow we received two weeks ago (or so) that had not consolidated, and it was hard work (on the way down), sticky and about four or five inches of ski penetration.  Mid way it improved, and  was fun all the way to the lake.  If I were to do it again, I might consider skiing Aasgard pass, I think it might be a better ski.  Skiers right on the lower part of Colchuck has been covered with a dirty (rocky) slide, and we did not ski that side.  We were able to put or skies on right at the trails end on the lake. 

The views alone are worth the trip.

















« Last Edit: 06/06/13, 10:08 PM by jtack » Logged
mikerolfs
Member
Offline

Posts: 796


WWW
Re: June 05, 2013 Colchuck
« Reply #1 on: 06/06/13, 02:26 PM »

Looks great!  Dry trail to the lake?
Logged
danpeck
Member
Offline

Posts: 504


Re: June 05, 2013 Colchuck
« Reply #2 on: 06/06/13, 04:04 PM »

Wow, It's really melted out this year compared to last year at this time.

Keep me on your partner list :-)

Even thought I'm not in your neck of the woods, I'm crazy and willing to get up uber early to ski.
Logged
avajane
Member
Offline

Posts: 746


Re: June 05, 2013 Colchuck
« Reply #3 on: 06/06/13, 07:51 PM »

Gotta love that beautiful area. Nice ski.
Logged

Brian Izdepski, Facebook TAY
cprahl
5Member
Offline

Posts: 38


Re: June 05, 2013 Colchuck
« Reply #4 on: 06/07/13, 07:50 AM »

Yeah, it's a bit of a trudge into the lake these days but the skiing is still nice once you're there. We skinned up the back side of Dragontail on 6/1/12 and found nice skiing all the way up & down, similar in quality to Colchuck Gl. The run down from the Aasgard Pass on skier's left is still holding snow nicely with no cracks or open water yet (as of last Saturday). Two of our party also skied Little Annapurna, trying to stay away from fist fights and name-callling with the natives.


* Asgaard_Why-Walk.jpg (73.21 KB, 640x480 - viewed 627 times.)

* Enchanted_Skinning.jpg (85.38 KB, 640x480 - viewed 638 times.)

* Enchantment_Plateau.jpg (68.4 KB, 640x480 - viewed 621 times.)
Logged
Lisa
Member
Offline

Posts: 376


Re: June 05, 2013 Colchuck
« Reply #5 on: 06/07/13, 05:53 PM »

Yeah, it's a bit of a trudge into the lake these days but the skiing is still nice once you're there. We skinned up the back side of Dragontail on 6/1/12 and found nice skiing all the way up & down, similar in quality to Colchuck Gl. The run down from the Aasgard Pass on skier's left is still holding snow nicely with no cracks or open water yet (as of last Saturday). Two of our party also skied Little Annapurna, trying to stay away from fist fights and name-callling with the natives.

Nice Crispin glad you got it! A few of us made the dash to the area in search of sun/skiing Memorial weekend. After a thorough drenching of moisture all night and spitting moisture in the day we only ventured part way up the Colechuck glacier.
Cloud deck was at 7700 and when the numerous Russians were turning around from the col due to high winds we ventured no further.
We had plans to ski Little Annapurna and Colchuck, we were bummed but it was still fun and great exercise.
Logged
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.