It’s been a really good year for snow coverage in our Backyard Beau. Some of the best and most supportable snow I have ever seen back there.
On Tuesday I took a probe pole to the front yard. In places it was 265 cm deep, that’s over 8.5 feet to melt before I see the ground again.
Looking down at the deck from a 280 cm probe pole stuck-in almost all the way
Somewhere down there is a snowcave Beau & I dug last Christmas before his mom snuck him out of town on me. That was a bad day.
The view from Beau's room. Another snowy day
This last foto was taken on Tuesday. With all the new snow I got inspired for a quick lap to Francies Cabin. There is so much snow on Beau’s trail that it was hard to find and get to the Burro Trail. But eventually I got a great ski in, broke trail the whole way & great turns back to the house.
Another view from the deck outside Beau's room
On Wednesday I had my end of season performance review. I had some thought that it could have been my last day as an avalanche forecaster. A lot has to happen in the next year. I will be spending more time with my boy, I just don’t know how I am physically going to be able to do it. It will mean a lot of nights sleeping in my car, this summer & next winter. Beau is priority number 1, work is number 2. Boss was understanding & I am still employed, but for how long?
So knowing it was going to be a tough day I got up early & did another lap to Francies with more new snow.
I start right of the deck & get on Beau’s trail & up to the Burro Trail.
On Beau's Trail, almost to the Burro Trail
Getting the ski in first thing probably cleared my head of enough angst that I could pull through the review. Good thing.
So today I knew we had bluebird skies, which meant a Vitamin D fix was required. So one more trip to Beau’s trail then straight into Carter Gulch. This has been a great year for traveling in Lodgepole forest. The snow is so deep it actually has a base. Breckenridge claimed over 500 inches of snow this season. Yikes.
A buried Carter Lake & Bald and Boreas Mountains in the back.
You can see my ski track across the lake. I climbed a couple hundred feet above the 11,454 ft Carter Lake as there was a nice line through the trees that I thought needed attention.
Dad's line in Carter Gulch
This is a really pretty basin. I’ve been in it several times now this winter. Once Bob Stevenson, Jeff Herbertz & I snowshoed & skied into here under much worse snow conditions. Took hours of hard work. Not this year, takes maybe an hour to an hour and a half to get to the lake from Beau’s deck. Bob used to hunt back in here while he was around. Some big Elk in this remote basin in Beau’s and my backyard. This will be a really cool place for us to hike to someday Beau.
Carter Lake Basin
The lake sits on the lookers right side of the basin, just at treeline. The basin itself sits between the SE & NE ridges of Peak 10 proper. There is great beginner terrain for a back-country ski novice, at least until you get near and above treeline. There hard slabs rule. I saw one HSNR2D1.5O on a NE aspect of the SE ridge of Peak 10. It was about 18″X125X 200 in size. Might have hurt someone. The snow pack was tender today so low angle was the name of the game. Just a spectacularly beautiful day.
Taken from the high point of the tour...600 feet below the ridge, 600 feet above the lake.
I got back home about 1 pm & fixed a nice lunch and got caught up on lots of errands. Sat on the deck & bagged some rays. When spring is here it really doesn’t get any better.
By Friday night another cold front, and more snow. It will be a tough drive to Boulder in a blizzard for my last full shift of the season.
The two day old hard slab on Peak 10
Both neighbor dogs, Jigs and Chaser joined me for the ski. They enjoyed it as much as I did. Dog heaven back in here. Snowshoe Bunny tracks, but no sign of a Lynx, though I know they are here.
Chaser with Bald Mt behind
As long as these guys have sticks to chase they are quite content.
Jigs with my touring gear at the high point.
That made for day 94 this year. It will be easy to get 100 this year. Still have two hut shifts and of course the annual 4th of July ski. A big spring season is just around the corner.