Fourteen to go
Local Chris Davenport is attempting to summit and ski all 54 of the state’s 14,000-foot peaks this winter. My goal is less adventurous, and much less arduous, but it’s still an undertaking. I’m trying to get in at least one day at all 23 Colorado resorts that are part of Colorado Ski Country USA, an industry trade association. Thus far I’ve been to nine, which means I’m going to have to hustle these next two months if I’m to get this done. But don’t count me out yet.In March I’m heading to a couple of Colorado’s little jewels for an Aspen Times Weekly story. I’m hoping to make it to Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper and Durango Mountain Resort if I can clear some room in my schedule (and convince my editors to pay for my mileage). A day at Sunlight is also warranted for the story.Other than Telluride, I’ve got a place to stay for all of the other resorts I’ve yet to visit this winter. I still haven’t done Vail and Beaver Creek yet – and for good reason. I’ve so enjoyed the small lift lines and the ample snowfall this winter here that I’ve been loath to go back to the last place I lived before moving to Aspen. I’ve been planning to go over for the Vail Film Festival at the end of March, however, which will be the perfect time to get in some turns.I’ve also got a good friend living in Steamboat Springs whose been bugging me to come visit. Her e-mails this winter have included such titles as “It’s puking here” or “Help: The snow’s falling and I can’t get out.” Hopefully, she’s still alive when I head over for a weekend in April.There’s also my parents’ friends who live in a three-story mansion just outside Winter Park, and a few good friends who live in Summit County who have offered their couches.It’s a lot to get done, but I think I’m up to the challenge. That is, if you really want to call it a challenge in the first place.Avalanche reportThe backcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is moderate near and above treeline. Below treeline the danger is low.Recent avalanche activity has shown that wind-loaded slopes near and above treeline are still suspect for human-triggered avalanches. There have been numerous triggered avalanches and naturals on SE, E and NE aspects in the last week. Take the time to evaluate the bond between the most recent storm snows and winds slabs and the old surface below. There are several weak layers to be found under this snow that vary depending on aspect.Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information visit http://www.rfavalanche.org. For conditions around the state, call the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at 920-1664 or visit geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.