Our meager Colorado snowpack is dwindling, and unfortunately I chose this April to stay here in Crested Butte and make the most our spring ski opportunities. I guess I can chalk it up to bad luck after an excellent winter chasing powder… Anyhow, last week Josh Hirshberg and I ventured deep into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness to have a go at an elusive line rarely approached from Crested Butte.

Josh and I were keen for an adventure and the South couloir of Maroon Peak (S Maroon) had been on our radar long enough to entice us to attempt a long 14 mile slog from Crested Butte to reach this spectacular looking line.

Although we did not ski the couloir, we found what we were looking for…and plenty of flat skinning in the dark.

Ultimately, Josh and I ended up finding a great adventure and good times skinning around in the dark and skiing a couloir (albeit not the one in our tour plan) in the light. My suggestion to those interested in skiing South Maroon from Crested Butte is to bring some overnight gear and spend a few nights in the wilds of Fravert Basin. Until the roads are plowed, I’d guarantee you will have one of Colorado’s wildest basins all to yourself.