Who knew Mt. Sherman could be fun skiing? The West side is filled in right now, which isn't something I've seen on a normal year, and for Colorado's easiest 14er, it offers 45 degree turns. @jdking5 reaping the reward for minimal uphill work. (Road is drivable to 12,000 ft) @folsomskis @oakleyskiing @dynafit #hshive #goatworthy #liveyours
Sometimes I think back to my project of skiing the 14ers, and I look at aspects that I always wished had held snow. Sherman is one of those projects. While the east side generally holds snow, it is mostly devoid of entertaining skiing. The west side however I’d always imagined would be a fun ski if it filled in. The late season skiing has been incredible after all of the warm sticky spring storms, and the West Face of Sherman was as filled in as ever. Joe King Aja dog and I headed over to Leadville for a quick go at it.
Being June, the road was melted out fairly far up towards the top, making for only about a 2,000 ft skin and climb. The bootpack was a little bit punchy, but in the end it went quickly to the top. The nice thing about skiing a West face, is the lack of urgency when it comes to sunlight. It takes a good while to get too soft, and in our case it was going to be about seeing how long we could be patient for to watch it soften.