Peru Gulch Camp and A-basin Skin

The plan for this weekend was to get out to the mountains and start conditioning for winter outings and 14ers. After dropping Maya off at an adaption event (someone adapted her) we made our way up to the mountains. The weather called for a winter storm system to move in later Sat. afternoon and night, with potential for 6-8 inches of snow and single digit temps. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the Forest Service gate for Peru Gulch (near Keystone) was still open, so we drove up the basin. We couldn’t drive in too far since another person lost control of his truck up an icy road, leaving it hanging in the balance on the side (4 hours later, they got it out). We took a nice hike up Chihuahua Gulch, which is on the backside of 14ers Grays and Torreys. It would have been fun to scramble up Grays, but due to our late start and incoming storm with lots of wind, Linnea’s opinion won out. It was fun to see new terrain and scout potential backcountry ski options.
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After our hike, we found a little spur road with a nice campsite.  It didn’t take long to make a rip-roaring fire while the snow moved in.  After settling in, we roasted a few dogs, drank some hot chocolate, and called it a night.
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The next morning, we rolled out at 6a.  The frigid air had moved in along with fresh snow (about 6-8 inches). It was a fun drive/surf out in the fresh snow and we didn’t even get stuck.  Too bad I forget some rope, otherwise I could have towed Linnea out on her skis.  The reason for our early start was to take advantage of A-basin’s uphill ski access before they open the lifts to paying customers.  The snow out here is still pretty thin, so we figured better to take advantage of fresh snow over groomed runs rather than fresh snow over rocks. Along with Maddy, we skinned up the mountain, all the way to the Continental Divide.  It was cold but not windy, making for a nice workout.  At the top, we were rewarded with some fresh turns and the skiing was great. I though Maddys legs were going to fall off as she tried to keep up with us during the 1,700 ft descent.
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3 thoughts on “Peru Gulch Camp and A-basin Skin

  • December 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    It finally felt like winter!!!! 🙂

  • December 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm
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    What a fun weekend, although it looked pretty cold. We are ready for a little winter weather around here…glad Maddy could keep up, what a day!

  • December 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm
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    Well, sorta looked like fun. But, it also looked cold. The fire looked inviting, and hot chocolate sounded yummy. I’m just not quite ready for winter. Really glad you forgot your rope!

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