Quandry Spring Skiing, Easter '06

Or, SPF 20 is not Enough

Quandry is a relativley quick and accessible 14'er just south of Breckenridge, Co, and is known for being a good ski hill as well. The SW chutes are a steep 45 degrees or so, while the east face is a more sedate 30-35 degrees. The mountains had been downright hot lately, and we wanted to ski the east face before it all melted off.

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Snow as Food

It's curious how many snow words are shared with food; We were looking for corn, but got just about everything on this trip; a little powder up top (very little), light wind pack, breakable wind-pack, light corn, and at the base, corn mush (would that be grits?). Anyway, all these food analogies are fundamental to why Telemark skiing is the true way to ski; when Telemarking, one gets many opportunities to taste the snow.

It's a bit of a slog to the summit, but we made it up there in fine time; Mark went to take a nap while G and I touched the summit.

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Finally, time to ski. We were some of the last folks off - everyone else got there very early lest it get too warm and avy-prone. Such was not the case today; the sun was wayyyy toooo bright (SPF 20 is really not enough. not even close. my nose is still peeling 2 weeks later), but the wind was cool, and the snow stayed pretty fresh all day.

Mark heads down first, in his usual lack-o-turns-or-faceplants-style.

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Gretchen, having fun!

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Eric getting ready to carve

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My turn in the limelight - Pics by Gretchen.

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Great pic there hon.....

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Everyone else we'd seen ski off kept heading down. And it was only noon. What else were they going to do all day? Drink beer? That did sound appealing. Maybe they had Easter dinner to get to. But after our first run, we decided that was so much fun, we'd go do the top 1200 ft again. Around 900 ft up, we started to realize why everyone else skips the second run.That's a real slog up through 14,000 ft for the second time. More great skiing at least, although the legs were pretty well shot by the time we got off the breakable crust and down to the real corn snow, which is what we came for in the first place. And yes, we avoided the yellow corn.

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Great Day, eh?

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And once again, I'm reminded of how lousy a point-n-shoot type digi camera is in the super high-contrast situations.


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