Workout Wanda: About 4.5 hours at Keystone with a 2.25 mile hike!
Super Speedy Run Down: Keystone, powdery bowls, miles of hiking, crazy wind, fresh tracks, tree run, new helmets, annoying hair, clear skies, terrain park, face plant…now scroll on down for a full slide show of photos!
The Full Story: today we headed up to Keystone to check out some of the back bowls now that there is actually snow on the ground. After a few very fast runs on the back side we headed up the Outback Express lift. The first thing Chris said when we got off the lift was “I feel like a hike today”. Crap.
Unlike Breckenridge the hike up to the bowls at Keystone really isn’t that steep…but its long! The first stretch was a mile and Chris had his little heart set on some untouched powder sitting quietly on a lonely peak off in the distance. Chris happens to be quite determined when on the hunt for powder…we hiked the full 2.25 miles!
At first I was all gung-ho for the hike and that powder far off in the distance looked inviting..and a little fun! Then I got a good mile into the hike and realized just how much wind was blowing up the tree-less mountainside. Hiking wasn’t so much fun anymore, it kind of sucked!
The last 1.25 miles were across the ridge of the mountain from one peak to another and there was absolutely no protection for the wind! The signage said all hikers should follow the peak to peak trail…with all the wind and lack of foot traffic there was no trail so we trekked out on our own route. Sometimes the route was on hard packed snow…sometimes it was knee deep!
But we made it! And it was so worth it! Once we made it over to the ledge of the far away bowl we dropped into untouched powder. Completely untouched. We were the first people to make tracks. It was freaking awesome!
The bowl dropped us down to the tree line where we came upon a few tracks looping thru the trees. These tracks were very welcoming as we really had no idea where we were at by this point. Sure, we were within the ski boundary of Keystone but beyond that we were just headed down the mountain in hopes of coming upon something familiar.
The random tracks thru the woods led us down onto a wide trail and other boarders…at least we weren’t going to get lost alone! Eventually we made it down to the base of the Outback Express and started to make our way back to the front side where Chris insisted on hitting the terrain park. I quickly learned that face planting in fluffy powder is far less painful than face planting onto hard packed snow off the side of a box. Whoops…
According to EpicMix there was a solid 2 hours between the lift ride that got Chris in the mood to hike and when we got onto the lift that eventually took us back to the front side and overpriced pizza. Yeah…we hiked slow and had to dig ourselves out of powder a few times but it was definitely worth it.
Today was also our first day trying out or new Bern helmets! We both bought helmets last year when we came out in January but mine made my ears hurt and Chris didn’t like the way his looked…legitimate reasons for new ones, according to us! Enter the Bern helmets…
I think its safe to say that they are a win, as are the Yowie face mask do-dads we are both sporting. Yup, another new purchase, but they were only $8 each so its okay. They aren’t quite as warm as my fuzzy Turtle Fur “neck” but I think they make up for it with some extreme breathability!
And the helmets?! A true necessity for tree runs, especially if you board with my level of expertise – I may already have scuff marks from tree branches on my barely used helmet!
And thanks to POS broken phone, The Office and Netflix it is now far past my bedtime…since Chris has plans to hit up Breckenridge bright an early tomorrow I should probably get some sleep. Because, really, a little extra beauty rest will make up for just how amazing my fancy new bangs look after a day smushed up in a helmet, right?!
Question: Is the slideshow still working for everyone? Can you see all the photos? What about the captions added below them?!