It’s a lazy Sunday summer morning. One of those ones when you wake up, roll over, then proceed to hang out on your phone for the next hour without ever lifting your head. You slowly proceed downstairs to make some coffee and a massive breakfast. 10:30 rolls around and you pack your snowboard and hiking shoes into your car.

Wait, what!?

Turns out that when you live in Colorado, this is real life. And it’s exactly what happened last Sunday.

I headed out late on Sunday morning to meet up with several other Outdoor Women’s Alliance ladies from the Front Range Grassroots Team. We went to explore St. Mary’s Glacier just outside of Idaho Springs to see how much snow had made it through the hot and sunny Colorado summer. We had plans of getting in a few September turns, practicing self-arrest, and a whole bunch of glissading (because why not?).

We had no idea what to expect as there wasn’t much recent photographic evidence on Instagram or the Internet to show us the conditions. Fortunately, as we pull up into the parking lot at the trail head, there were at least 25 other people with skis and boards strapped to their packs looking for a good time. Sweet.

And it was sweet.

Skiing St. Mary's Glacier in Summer

In search of the summer snow.

 

Skiing St. Mary's Glacier in Summer

Enjoying the quick approach to the snow that survived summer.

 

Skiing St. Mary's Glacier in Summer

The snow was a mess and the run was far from pretty. But so damn fun.

 

Skiing St. Mary's Glacier in Summer

 

Self Arrest Practice at St. Mary's Glacier in Summer

We got in a bit of glissading and self arrest practice, too!

 

Self Arrest Practice at St. Mary's Glacier in Summer

Digging in.

 

Self Arrest Practice at St. Mary's Glacier in Summer

Glissading feels like the adult version of sledding.

 

It was surely a Sunday well spent. Now we wait for the real winter to come.