Winter storm Obamney rolled through Friday and Saturday 11/9 – 11/10 just in time for the weekend, so Nate and I checked it out. The early part of the storm was a disappointment, putting down only a few fresh inches instead of the expected 6″-8″ on the I-70 corridor. We originally planned to check out Butler Gulch or Jones Pass, but decided to drive up the pass to look around. We saw that there was half-decent cover just minutes from the car, so we decided to bang out a quick lap.
From the top of the East Side we had noticed that Noname Bench looked pretty smooth and pillowy, so a quick drive over there was in order. From the Pumphouse Basin parking area we made our way up to treeline and things looked pretty good:
We ended up not even stopping at the Butler Gulch / Jones Pass parking area. It didn’t look like that area got much better than Berthoud, and the approaches are longer. So we rolled back down to the 1860 Tavern in Empire and had a very bizarre green chili snack on the way home. Empire is a strange town..