Jan 29-30, 2011
A very cold trip up to Caspar Creek, for the VOC's Introduction to Backcountry Skiing. The last time I was here, I forgot my ski boots and ended up skiing in some 3-sizes too small mountaineering boots that were barely functional with my tele bindings. So this time when I saw that the VOC was going up to Caspar Creek, I was quite keen to join them for some skiing. This area sees a lot less attention than nearby areas on the Duffey, but there sure is some fantastic looking ski terrain up here.
We chose a relatively conservative destination, going up to the 2100m col at GR475743. There are definitely some steeper slopes around to ski though!
An artistic shot by Scott Webster. See the rest of his photos here
Looking back at the col from where we skied this short but sweet run.
Matt skiing down through some open avalanche trees.
Some very nice powder to be found. There was generally 30-40cm of low density snow on top of a crust.