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

Sean Hart skis a steep couloir on United States Mountain in the Sneffels Range near Ouray - May. Potosi Peak looms in the background.

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Wade in Powder

Matt Wade enjoys some fresh May powder. 

Skiing, Capitol Peak, Elk Mountains, Colorado, May, photo

Capitol and Skier

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

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May Faceshots

Skiing deep powder in May.  Skier: Jeff Skoloda.

Skiing, face shots, San Juans, Colorado, May, photo

May Face Shots

Jeff Skoloda getting face shots in May!  This would be incredible snow any time of the year... in May!

Skin track, powder, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Skin Track

A skin track through fresh powder. 

Skiing, powder, San Juan Mountains, May, photo

West Red Powder

Jeff Skoloda skis a big powdery face in May. 

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May Powder

Jeff Skoloda skiing some great powder in May. 

Skiing, Silverton, powder, May, San Juans, Colorado, photo

Powder Day in May

Chris Jackson skis a fine line near Silverton, May. 

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Skinning Up to the Clouds

Skinning up into the clouds. 

skiing, powder, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, May, photo

Cream Cheese Powder

Paul McElrea skis some perfect cream cheese powder - May.

Skiing, San Juan Mountains, May, Colorado, photo

Frozen Pool Table

Skiing a large face, smooth as a pool table, in the San Juan Mountains, May.  Skier: Chris Cover.

Skiing, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, May, photo

Blue Sky Ski

Ann Driggers skis a big face on the last day of May.

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Smoky Skiing

Skiing in June, with the San Juans choked with smoke from a huge wildfire in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

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

Ryan and Sneffels

Ryan Cook skis with Mt. Sneffels looming behind - June. 

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

Climbing Potosi Peak

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! 

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Skinning to the Summit

Aimee McAbery skins to the top of a snowy ridge in the San Juans - June.  View it larger here!

tele, skier, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, skiing, June, photo

Tele Chad

Chad Driggers shreds a tele turn in front of Teakettle Mountain - June.