Skiers On A Rocky Mountain Cliff In The Heat Of Summer?

As The Adventure Tribune crew climbed above the crystal clear mountain lake, we struggled to keep our footing on the thick layer a permanent ice. Even in the heat of summer, St. Mary’s Glacier sat frozen on the cliffside.

We were on a mission to summit a 13,000-foot peak in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains just 30 minutes outside of Denver. I dug my boots into the slushy top layer. I didn’t want to fall and slide to the bottom of this thin sheet of ice and risk tumbling down the rocky cliff at the end of it.

As we approached the top of the glacier, we saw a man in front of us with a hiking backpack filled with...skies. He used his ski poles to help him climb the mountain in his ski boots. Naturally, when we reached the top of the glacier, we had to stop and talk with him.

“This is one of the only places in the state where you can ski all year,” he said. “It takes some effort to get up here, but hey, it’s summer skiing.”

He tightened his boots as he prepared to strap on his skies.

“Sometimes, in late September, they’ll have a rail jam up here,” he continued. “Big trucks bring in these massive rails and they’ll dig out jumps. Big speakers on the top of the glacier. It’s a blast.”

We thanked him for his time and wished him luck. He gave us a nod, jump-turned on his skies, and sped down the glacier with expert precision. Soon, he disappeared over the glacier’s curvature and vanished from view.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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