Trying to determine the season can be slightly convoluted this time of year. Is it summer or is it winter? Mountain Biking in hot Moab sun one day and the next morning you are back in Telluride making turns on your skis or snowboard. Snowshoeing along your favorite trail enjoying the subtle crunch of the new snow beneath each step. As we returned from a quick trip to enjoy Moab we were met by new snow on the high peaks.
Excitement built quickly as the snow continued to fall. Trick or treat? I’ll take the treat of powder turns please. We set off on our tour skinning high up the mountain and enjoying the perfect quiet of breaking new trail. The temperature was ideal to prevent one from overheating while climbing. We pushed on thru the trees enjoying the warm sun on our faces.
I enjoyed the benefit of skinning thru the fresh snow while the snowboarders utilized snowshoes. It’s still pre-season conditions and therefore we were all on our “rock” gear. The boys didn’t feel it necessary to potentially foul up a nice new split-board.
As we continued in and out of the trees the sun brilliantly illuminated the small amount of frost hoar that was on the snow. It’s quite easy to find yourself slipping into a meditative state; one step at at time, smooth consistent breathing and mother nature putting on a natural light show for your eyes to feast upon.
When we began ascending we had hopes of deep snow and more realistic expectations of some low tide turns. What we were met with was consistent knee deep powder with an ample base that allowed us to carry speed. Pow turns with friends, I couldn’t ask for a better Halloween.
After the first few hundred feet of vertical we found the snow getting deeper. Luke and Dusty were able to find face shots for dozens of turns in a row. Truly surprised by how good this Halloween treat is, the laughter spreads thru the cold smoke that lingers after each turn.
We were able to link turns for just over 3,000′ of Vertical. This early in the season, we’ll take it! We descended back to reality and returned to work, after all there is another storm in the forecast for the start of next week and frankly; we are addicted.