Got out for a nice solo tour in the James Peak zone. The search for early season turns continues. This was a fun little tour and it needed to be as I got a super early alpine start at the crack of noon. Made pretty good time in shoes to the summit and found a surprisingly long descent. I ended up dropping in to the saddle gully between Parry and Bancroft. I skied 1800′ of vert with a short little walk for 50′ of vert. The conditions were very firm and it was a little unnerving to ski 40 degree slopes that were that firm, one of those days where a whippet would have added some comfort. I needed a little alone time to organize my mind. It felt very strange how my perspective of time had changed.
The next day I got out with a cool new friend Malin. This Swedish firecracker is new to the backcountry but has the energy to make any trip fun. We did a short get to know each other tour up Jones Pass. We found some decently soft turns in the pass bowl. I’m looking forward to more days in the hills with you chica. It’s gonna be fun sharing some knowledge with you. Too bad about your friend’s injured shoulder. See ya next time.
Enjoy the pics.