One of the best, which happens to be the closest, is East Portal near Rollinsville. It takes just about an hour to get there from Boulder and you never have to get on the interstate. The approach in the valley to the steep skin track is relatively short. It's trafficked enough that the main skin track stays firm but it doesn't get too skied out. There are plenty of trees to for protection even when the avalanche danger is high and winds are unbearable elsewhere.
A couple of weekends ago I got out with Patrick Shehan and Lee France for a Saturday/Sunday one/two punch. As you can see from the photos, it was incredible! I'm so excited to get back up there.
|Lee blasting through|
|And eating some soft pow pow|
|Despite enough head injuries to make me nervous, Patrick loves to drop pillows. As he should. Having now also dropped pillows, it's addicting.|
|Myself hitting it hard, my camera on my shoulder held on by the trusty Peak Design Capture2! Photo by Patrick Shehan, aka @sanjuansherpa|
|This looked much bigger than it turned out to be.|
|The creek bed is incredibly fun and far too short. It culminates with a quick duck.|
|Face full of the pow pow. I want to be back there.|