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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Skiing Mt. Toll

Mike Scherer and I skied the classic Mt. Toll in Colorado's Indian Peaks last weekend on a fine day with clouds below but clear sky overhead. During prime spring skiing season, the road past Brainard Lake is closed and most skier bike 2.5 miles up the road until snow covers the pavement. Then it's a 3.5- to 4-mile ski to Mt. Toll's peak.

The best skiing on Toll comes down the obvious 1,000-foot slopes on the southeast shoulder of the 12,979-foot peak, but you can ski all the way back to the bikes in May.

We got a late start, leaving the car at 8:15, and we weren't on top until after noon. The result? Wet, unpredictable snow that made for tough turns. Still, a great day out!  

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