Peak:  Savage Peak (13er)
 Route:  NE Ridge & Savage Couloir
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  adrenalated
 Date of Info:  05/25/2021
 Date Posted:  05/25/2021

If the Savage Couloir is on your list to ski this season, I'd recommend getting it no later than Memorial Day. It's thin and going fast. Both entrances will require billygoating (but minimal cornice), and the snow surface through the couloir is fairly haggard due to rock and cornice fall and previous tracks up and down. The couloir will remain climbable a bit longer than it will be skiable, but given the amount of recent rockfall on the snow surface, you should think carefully about your timing. We skied at 930am with an excellent freeze overnight, and that was about right for ski timing today.

If starting at the 4x4 trailhead, the (gated) service road to the diversion dam at the Wilderness boundary is plowed and clear. Mostly continuous snow starts here; possible to put skins on almost immediately if you're down with a decent amount of dryland tomfoolery but most people will want to boot about 1mi before switching to skins. The NE ridge is 95% snow. Don't take the booter that looks like it shortcuts up to ~12,200'; it was set by a plunge stepping descending party and is not a good climb. The remainder of the ridge is easy booting, or probably able to be skinned with ski crampons. If you're on foot, you'll need floatation anywhere above the Wilderness boundary for some time to come.

Comments or Questions
Thanks for the update
05/26/2021 19:30
Sadly, no freezes on the horizon...

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