Yesterday Matt, John, Phil and I went up to summit Hallett Peak in RMNP. We took our skis for a chance at skiing. In the morning, we hiked through beautiful weather.
John’s hip flexor was bothering him, so he stayed at the top of the ski descent. As we came within about 1 mile of the summit of flattop, just past where the weather usually hits us with all its force, the weather turned from about 50 degrees and sunny to low-visability, full-on blizzard conditions. The wind was moving snow like crazy.
Phil wanted to keep going so Matt and Phil kept going and I turned back to hang out with John and to avoid killing myself walking over talus in ski boots. Matt and Phil had a peek down the Corral Couloir and turned back, too. They arrived back to find John and me dug-in, John with about 6 inches of snow on him. We all skied down together in a ton of fresh snow. By our assessment, avi conditions were high, but the slope angle was low, so we weren’t too worried about sliding.