Biking, Climbing, and Skiing Mount Sopris

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Biking, Climbing, and Skiing Mount Sopris

Every April, we make the pilgrimage from town to the summit of Mount Sopris in what is informally known as the 'Sopris Sprint'. Read the full story on WildSnow.

If you have spent any time at all in the Roaring Fork Valley, then you are well aware of the powerful and magnetic energy that Mount Sopris exudes. Towering nearly 7000 ft. above the town of Carbondale, the impressive vertical gain over such a short distance makes the summit so incredibly enticing. In the spring months, the alpine bowl above Thomas Lake provides an excellent morning descent on it's east facing slopes. For this reason, it has become an informal tradition here at Cripple Creek to conquer the summit under 100% human power from the valley floor. 

 

Mount Sopris

Morning sun makes for perfect corn turns above Thomas Lake on the Salomon MTN Explore 95

 

After years of looking up at Sopris with the desire to ski it, and a failed attempt a year earlier, Cripple Creek Employee Tom finally conquered the summit this past spring. Leaving on mountain bike in the wee hours of the morning, he made the elusive summit via bike and then skis. With great company by his side, and even better spring turns in the alpine bowl, it made for an incredible day. Be sure to check out the full trip report on WildSnow.


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