Otina's Adventures

Otina's Adventures

Trip reports and photos from hiking, climbing, skiing
and mountaineering adventures in Colorado, Alaska, NY and beyond.

Backcountry Skiing

Ski pages: Resort (graph) | BC (graph) | BC ski overall | 14er Ski project map | Ski Mountaineering map | Sortable Peak Ski List | Resorts of Colorado


Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Previous Avalanche Paths
SNOTEL Basin Time Series Snowpack Summary Graphs
Backcountry skiing CO

BC Ski Areas

Ski Lines in Colorado

Wish List - Stan Waggon compilation
Grand Lines ski list
Dawson Ski Descent D System

BC Ski Hut Trips

Skiing Projects

Ski 14ers:

( Ski List) - 14er Ski Map

Ski 13ers/12ers/11ers/etc:

14er Finishers

14er Ski Ethics (Rules) by Lou Dawson

(Lou Dawson's Definition/writeup)

For his project (and for subsequent projects) Dawson defines a ski descent of a fourteener as skiing "the best (most often the longest) continuous descent available on an average snow year, almost always from the exact summit, with the exception being the few fourteeners (such as Wetterhorn and El Diente) that have rocky summit blocks or boulder caps that were never known to be in skiable condition prior to the project. "

"Since you're skiing natural snow, some descents might have gaps where you remove your skis and move a few feet across rock or tundra. Again, if you're up there on an average snow year with decent coverage, such maneuvers are legit so long as they are not excessive. But, and this is the big BUT, if I'm on a peak with bad coverage because it's too early in the year or a drought, and I have to connect snow patches that would otherwise touch each other, then I don't count it as a descent of the peak. Instead, I go back again and again 'till I get it right. To me this is a critical part of my standards, because doing otherwise would allow me a sort of 'post modern' style of ski mountaineering wherein I could claim a descent of a peak even if I skied a few hundred feet of snow on the thing in the middle of summer. I don't think people would buy that, and it just wouldn't feel good."

Other groups: Centennial Skiers

Brittany's interviews with the 14er ski finishers: Part I, Part II

Turns Every Month of the Year

Ski every month of 2009:
January - April: Vail / Keystone / Breckenridge / A-Basin
May: Atlantic Peak (10-mile Range)
June: Sunshine Bowl (RMNP) | Mt Toll (IPW)
July - September: St Mary's Glacier (JPW)
October: A-Basin | Brainard Lake / Mt Audubon (IPW)
November: Breckenridge
December: Breckenridge / Keystone
Ski every month of 2010? Nope
January - April: Vail / Keystone / Breckenridge
January: BC: Mt Elbert, Uncompahgre Peak, Meadow Mountain,
RMNP, Jones Pass
February: BC: Mt Bierstadt
March: BC: James Peak
April: BC: Horseshoe Mountain, West Pearl, Castle Peak
May: BC: Harvard
June - September: Nada :(
October - December: Keystone / Breckenridge
Ski every month of 2011
January - April: Vail / Keystone / Breckenridge / A-Basin / Beaver Creek
January: BC: Quandary
March: BC: Mt Sherman, Harvard & Columbia
April: BC: Mt Guyot (Avalanche Peak)
May: BC: Missouri, Lincoln, Shavano
June: BC: Evans, Democrat, Torreys
July - October: St Mary's Glacier
November - December: Keystone / A-Basin
Ski every month of 2012
January - April: Vail / Breckenridge / A-Basin
March: BC: Crystal Peak, Torreys (dead dog)
April: BC: Mt Hope (Hopeful)
May - September: St Mary's Glacier
October: East Portal
November - December: Copper / Winter Park
Ski every month of 2013
January - April: Copper / Winter Park / Steamboat
January - March: BC: Moffat, BP, RMNP, Tetons, Gore
April: BC:Gore, BP, Butler, Mt Tuk, Pk 6, American,
Handies, Sunshine, Redcloud, San Luis
May: BC: Little Bear, Wetterhorn, Sneffels
Belford, Oxford, Bross, Cameron, Kit Carson,
Challenger, Humboldt, Elbert, La Plata, Yale
June: BC: Thunder Pyramid, Lackawanna, Grays
Massive, Golden Bear, Bald, Clinton
July - September: BC: St Mary's Glacier
October: BC: Jones Pass
November - December: Copper / Winter Park / Steamboat
Ski every month of 2014
January - April: Copper / Winter Park / Monarch
January - March: BC: BP, RMNP, Butler
April: BC: Culebra, Ellingwood, Blanca, Antero, Uncompahgre, Citadel, Butler
May: BC: Lindsey, Helen, Tabeguache, White, Crestone P, Brokenhand,
Princeton, Mountain Boy, Drift, Grizzly, North Maroon, E&W Geissler
June: BC: E&W Geissler, Maroon
July - Aug: BC: RMNP
September: BC: St Mary's Glacier
October: BC: Navajo Glacier
November - December: Copper / Winter Park / Monarch / Crested Butte / Silverton
December: BC: 10 Mile, Mosquito Peak, 13510B
Ski every month of 2015
January - April: Copper / Winter PArk / Silverton / ABasin
January - March: BC: McMillon Peak, Galena Mtn, Vail Pass, RMNP, Decalibron


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BC Ski Areas


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BC Ski Areas


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New York / Adirondacks

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