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Biking, Climbing, and Skiing Mount Sopris

Biking, Climbing, and Skiing Mount Sopris 0

Every April, we make the pilgrimage from town to the summit of Mount Sopris in what is informally known as the 'Sopris Sprint'. Read the full story...
Staff Ski Trip to Opus Hut, San Juan Mountains

Staff Ski Trip to Opus Hut, San Juan Mountains 0

After another great season, our staff headed south to the San Juan Mountains for our annual retreat to Opus Hut.    Nestled into the mountainside n...
Spring Skiing in Colorado: Cripple Creek Staff Update

Spring Skiing in Colorado: Cripple Creek Staff Update 0

After a record setting winter, The Cripple Creek Staff have been making the most of conditions. Here's what we've been up to:   Doug has been getti...
Does it go? Skiing the Quandary Couloir - Mount Quandary

Does it go? Skiing the Quandary Couloir - Mount Quandary 0

"...the couloir both tightened and rolled just below us and that roll would reveal the answer to the question that had only been half answered at the entry. Does it go?"
Commando Run Ski Traverse

Commando Run Ski Traverse 2

As a resident of the town of Vail, there is something intrinsically exciting about the idea of a long day in the mountains ending right at your doo...
10th Mountain Trip Report: Barnard Hut

10th Mountain Trip Report: Barnard Hut 2

One of lifes greatest pleasures is shacking up in the middle of the back country with your best buds, a case of beer, and unlimited good times.  I...
Making Turns on pico de Orizaba, Mexico

Making Turns on pico de Orizaba, Mexico 2

Last Fall, Cripple Creek Ambassador Aidan Goldie set out to ski the second most prominent peak in the world. Here are a few takeaways from his epic...
Colorado Backcountry Skiing: Barnard Hut, Aspen

Colorado Backcountry Skiing: Barnard Hut, Aspen 0

One of lifes greatest pleasures is shacking up in the middle of the back country with your best buds, a case of beer, and unlimited good times.  I...
The Cross Couloir: Lessons Learned from an Attempted Bike to Ski Mission

The Cross Couloir: Lessons Learned from an Attempted Bike to Ski Mission 0

The idea of a bike to ski mission is oh so sexy; ripping down a soft spring couloir in shades, skiing back to your two-wheeled chariot, and then ri...
Best Day Ever on Buffalo

Best Day Ever on Buffalo 0

Anybody who has had the pleasure of sipping a cold beer from one of Cripple Creek’s taps has come across the hardcover book “Fifty Classic Ski Desc...
Skiing in Moab! Ski Descents in the La Sals: Mellenthin and Tukuhnikivatz

Skiing in Moab! Ski Descents in the La Sals: Mellenthin and Tukuhnikivatz 0

I have been adventuring to Moab for years and most of the time I even have my skis in the car with the expectation of making the trek up to the La ...
Skiing in Chile: Volcan Osorno

Skiing in Chile: Volcan Osorno 1

Time Round Trip: 5-6 hrs round trip Total Ascent: 4300ft Difficulty: Advanced-Expert; Technical climbing required Elevation: 870...