Brazos best first run

Before I forget… Happy Winter Solstice!

Seven of us skied Brazos Cones/Overlook yesterday, December 20, 2014. Five of us, Kathi, Doug, Steve, Vit and I, attempted to totally track-out Cone1; while Alan Shapiro and Sarah Stout ventured out to the overlook. Pow-pow was so good and plentiful on Cone1 that we didn’t venture over to Cone2. So lucky to score an early season snowpack deep enough to avoid rock dodging. Probably my best first day out in many years. Full sun and barely a whisper of wind. Three of our group headed home early, leaving Sarah, Alan Kathi and I finishing off the Blue Heron Brewpub in Espanola. If we get any new snow this week, might have to repeat next weekend.


Photo by Barry Ritchey

Kathi and I conveniently ran into Alan and Sarah right as we glided out on our last run of the day.


Photo by Barry Ritchey

Kathi high atop Cone1 and ready to descend. We got into a nice routine. Descend, don skins, climb, remove skins, move over a few feet to the north, repeat until quads screamed.


Photo by Barry Ritchey

Kathi ascending a previous storm skin track for our last run of the day. The last two runs of the day were sublime. By then we had worked our way around the east flank of Cone1 and were onto the almost totally shaded northeast exposure with thick hoarfrost feather topping the powder.

Barry Ritchey


  • Brazos Cones is a top secret location. You have to know the secret handshake to even discuss this in private…
    Seriously, depending on how much snow falls this week, might head back up this upcoming weekend.

  • This looks like a really cool place to go. When is the next trip?

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