TR: Eiseman Hut 12/19 to 12/21/2015
One of the first trips of the 14/15 season was the annual Eiseman Hut trip. Perched on a ridgeline at 11,180' just across the valley from Vail at the edge of the Gore Range, Eiseman is a magical place the recieves an incredible amount of snow even when the forecast is marginal. Indeed, on this trip the forecast called for perhaps 4-8" of the course of our visit, and by Sunday we were skiing a legitimate 18" of new snow.
Coming into the hut during the daylight hours was a pleasant change from 13/14, when Amee and I skinned in during the middle of the night and arrived at the hut at 4am. We were rewarded for our early arrival with some excellent views.
Everyone forgets something their first day (or run) of the season. In Amee's case, it was to put her goggles on. Considering that she was crushing knee deep blower under sunny skies deep in the backcountry for her first run of the season instead of hardpack groomers, that seems reasonable.
Our first night had an OK sunset, I guess. Seriously amazing colors over the northern Sawatch.
The next morning we awoke to more snow. Paige samples it.
YC making snowboarding look appealing.
Mike is really wishing he was skiing breakable crust after an impossibly long slog on some 14er or Alaskan peak or something.
Chris is like 18 feet tall, to give you a sense of the snow depth.
Lauren can't decide whether to ski or snowboard; fortunately, she's good at both.
Brian showing off for the camera.
Rick, putting the "skip" in "meadowskipping."
As you can see, nobody had any fun, and we were all relieved when we got to go back to work on Monday.