The ascent went by quickly and we all stood upon the summit in beautiful weather and light gear. I am still amazed at how great new ski gear is and how it has changed the skiing and skinning experience of a few years ago. I was hoping the right chute about half way down would be in as we skied off the summit into an excellent chute. The snow proved to be a bit of a mix, but mostly soft velvety corn with a bit of fresh snow on the shadier aspects. After watching John self arrest with his whippet (I can’t say enough about them) the descent went smoothly and the right exit appeared to be in.
As we went over the little ridge I could see we were in for a treat... one of the nicest chutes through two rock walls I have ever skied. The snow was soft and we quickly exited the chute onto the lower gentle slopes with perfect corn. I always felt as confident and in control as I do when skiing perfect corn. The skin out proved to be nice and quick and we emerged at the car three and a half hours after starting. I am off to the Utah desert with my family and friends and look forward to testing my new elbow on desert cracks. The snow in RMNP will be around for a while and I am looking forward to getting out a few more times before the season is over.
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