Trip Reports: Epic Spring Ski Season In Western Colorado - May/June 2011

With record-breaking snowfalls in April, continuing well in May, the spring ski season in the San Juans was a memorable one.  May surprised us with several long snow storms that brought mid-winter-esque powder days and smiles all around!

Here is a collection of my favorite ski photos from May and June.

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Potosi Peak, United States Mountain, Sneffels Range, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, May, skiing, photo

United States Couloir

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Sean Hart skis a steep couloir on United States Mountain in the Sneffels Range near Ouray - May. Potosi Peak looms in the background. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Wade in Powder

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Matt Wade enjoys some fresh May powder. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Capitol and Skier

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Skiing with a view of Capitol Peak in the background - May.  Skier: Scott McCurdy.  See more photos from this ski trip here.. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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May Faceshots

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Skiing deep powder in May.  Skier: Jeff Skoloda. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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May Face Shots

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Jeff Skoloda getting face shots in May!  This would be incredible snow any time of the year... in May!. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Skin Track

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

A skin track through fresh powder. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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West Red Powder

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Jeff Skoloda skis a big powdery face in May. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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May Powder

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Jeff Skoloda skiing some great powder in May. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Powder Day in May

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Chris Jackson skis a fine line near Silverton, May. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Skinning Up to the Clouds

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Skinning up into the clouds. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Cream Cheese Powder

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Paul McElrea skis some perfect cream cheese powder - May. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Frozen Pool Table

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Skiing a large face, smooth as a pool table, in the San Juan Mountains, May.  Skier: Chris Cover. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Blue Sky Ski

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Ann Driggers skis a big face on the last day of May. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Smoky Skiing

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Skiing in June, with the San Juans choked with smoke from a huge wildfire in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Mt. Sneffels, skiing, June, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Ryan and Sneffels

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Ryan Cook skis with Mt. Sneffels looming behind - June. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Potosi Peak, couloir, Teakettle, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, June, photo

Climbing Potosi Peak

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Ann Driggers climbs up the steep north couloir of Potosi Peak - June. Teakettle Mountain is in the background.  See more photos from our Potosi ski here! . Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Skinning to the Summit

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Aimee McAbery skins to the top of a snowy ridge in the San Juans - June.  View it larger here!. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Tele Chad

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Chad Driggers shreds a tele turn in front of Teakettle Mountain - June. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.