#29 Crystal Peak – 13,852 ft.
Date: April 26, 2008
Team: Christy, Ted
Route: East Face
[Christy and Ted skied Crystal Peak back in spring 2008.]
We made the easy drive to Frisco, and then up to the Spruce Creek Trailhead, a popular starting point for those heading up to Francie’s Cabin. The route up to the hut is a well traveled road, and it wasn’t long before we were cresting treeline and catching our first glances of Crystal Peak. It’s broad, triangular East Face was looking full of snow, as east facing slopes typically do this time of year.
The route up Crystal is straightforward. We followed the contours of a creek to the base of the face, and then began switchbacking up. The route is entirely skin-able, it actually reminded us of Mount Hayden back in Aspen. Clouds moved in and out as we ascended which kept the temps from getting too high, which was a good thing as there was recent snow and the conditions looked sweet for the ski down. We didn’t want the snow to get trashed by the heat.
We stacked turns down the face, and back towards the hut, and then cruised the easy route back tot he truck. Crystal is a great Centennial 13er ski descent, and based on our day up here, a favorite of ours.
Some more photos:
Date: April 30, 2013
Team: Dav, Pete Gaston, Max Taam
Route: Fletcher to Atlantic to Pacific to Crystal
It’s best summed up by the Trimble map.
In short, we skied the east side of Fletcher Mountain, then traversed up and over towards Atlantic Peak. From Atlantic we descended north towards Pacific Peak, climbing to its summit and skiing the steep NE Couloir. From there, a fourth skin put us atop Crystal Peak, where we skied the East Face down towards Francie’s Cabin and down to the road where we caught a ride back to the car at McCullough Gulch, the start of our day.
Four Centennial 13ers in one push– this was a great day in the mountains.