Telemark Tuesday in the Adirondack Backcountry

Today’s Telemark Tuesday photograph takes us to the base of a popular backcountry ski destination in the Adirondacks, the slide on Mount Colden. Mount Colden is the 11th highest peak and in the Marcy Group of  the Adirondack mountains. In the fall of 1999, the rain-soaked vegetation covering the mountainside came loose and slid down the peak, creating a massive pile-up as the remnants of Hurricane Floyd moved up the East Coast.
Folks might forget we get a great deal of East Coast weather here in the Adirondacks. I particularly love the sight of a nice spinning Nor’easter when it hits a Canadian cold front over the Adirondacks. Ooops - waxing about snow, sorry.  Although the storms are transient, they leave change in their path. I found a great site with side by each photos of Mount Colden before and after the slide.
Obviously, the slide skiing here is for experts only and not the faint of heart. The marked ski trail to Avalanche Pass is a nice half-day excursion for an intermediate backcountry skier and climbs past and through the slide area.

As you can see by the sign, skiing on the slide is highly discouraged, but conditions are occasionally very good, and tempting.

3 Comments

  1. Harvey44

    I was in the Adks when the remnants of Floyd came through. We were staying at Garnet Hill Lodge, and it was quite a night. I remember being amazed at how much force the storm retained that far inland. Love the Colden Slide pic. I'm one of the odd balls who LOVES a gray day in winter. How many people actually ski the slide in winter?

  2. Joann

    Yep, Floyd hit in the fall and the slide's debris ended up right on the ski trail. It took a long time for the crew to cut a path through.
    The official word is "We don't know how many people ski the slides," but I can count two dozen right off the top of my head who routinely ski there. But they are top-notch backcountry skiers.

  3. Greg

    Thanks for the post Joann! Great history lesson there. Also GREAT link for the before/after pics. Enjoyed that tremendously

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