By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer season, didn’t disappoint this year, as sunny skies and warm temperatures lured residents and visitors outside to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Up high, mountaineer Stan Wagon reported on some good clean fun in the dirty spring snow that’s been discolored by desert dust. And in the valleys, local campground were full and boaters took to the waters of Dillon Reservoir, which is completely full. Enjoy the Summit Voice Memorial Day photoblog, beginning with Wagon’s ski adventures near the Eisenhower Tunnel at the Continental Divide. If you have some pictures of the holiday weekend you’d like to share, send them to email@example.com and we’ll add them to the post.
More photos, and Stan’s report from the backcountry, after the break ...
A few years ago, from the summit of Buffalo, I spotted a nice west-facing line heading west from Pettingell, the large peak at the head of Herman Gulch, just east of the tunnel. On Friday, Kim McGranahan and I tried to find it, but ended up skiing a more north-facing line on the back side of the continental divide separating Pettingell from the Citadel (known locally as Snoopy, because of how it looks from A-Basin). Despite the hot weather, the route was frozen quite solid, but we skied down and then began the long trek back, around the west side of Hagar. All these peaks are easily attainable from either Dry Creek or Herman Gulch.
Sunday: On Friday we spotted a nice line on Coon Hill, a peak just northwest of the west portal of the tunnel, so on Sunday Chet Roe and I made the easy climb and had a fine descent of this northeast-facing couloir. This one caught the early sun, and so was nicely soft for a smooth descent.
More photos and trip report at Stan’s website: www.stanwagon.com.
And while Stan was enjoying the high country, boaters, cyclists and campers thronged the shores of Dillon Reservoir for some holiday R&R.