We start the drive well before sunrise and get to the Brainard Welcome Center just as the sun is coming up. There are a few other cars in the parking lot, but we don't really see anyone else on the trail. The road to Brainard lake was still closed for a few more days so we brought our bikes to ride the 4 miles up the road.
|These guys were always waiting for me.|
|Middle June, bluebird day. It was quite warm going up hill.|
|First views of Mt. Toll. We skied the left face off the peak.|
|Debating our approach route.|
|We skied uphill as long as we could. It eventually got too steep, and we had to boot pack.|
|Alex at the summit|
|The sun baked snow gave us some high quality turns. Soft enough for great control, but not too slushy. Views over the Indian Peaks were fantastic.|
|Crazy hole in the snow over the creek.|
|This was the theme of the walk/ski back to the trailhead.|
It's now October. Arapaho Basin has already opened for the season. I'm really hoping this is the epic season some forecasters are predicting. I'm hoping to beat last year's record of 21 days on the slopes. Need to start soon!