Pearl Necklace Tour
Porter, Doug, and I did a nice 3.5 day trip up on the Eldorado zone, which we (ie Doug) are calling "The Pearl Necklace Tour". We stayed the first night at the Hidden Lake Lookout. The second day, we traversed over to the Triad, and skied the mysterious "Kumquat Couloir". This 2500 ft north facing line is steep and intimidating from the top, but is mostly just around 40 degrees and not too bad, even for non-skiers like me and Porter. Then we climbed all the way up to the col between Eldo and Dorado Needle and came over to the east ridge of Eldo for the night. On day 3, we did the Inspiration Traverse, skiing Primus and Austera. We found a nice shortcut couloir on the east side of Austera. On the fourth day, we traverse on the south side of the Triad, climbed to a nice pass a bit west of the Triad, and were able to traverse all the way back down to the Sibley Creek Trail for a nice quick exit. I think that in many situations, this high route across the south side of the Triad could be the faster, and certainly more enjoyable, way to approach Eldorado.
In total it was about 40 miles and 20k ft gain. It was pretty relaxed in 3.5 days and had a nice balance of traversing and actual fall line skiing. The scenery was stunning, as expected for the area. Kumquat Couloir is a cool line! Highly recommend.
Hidden Lake Peak
Skiing down Hidden Lake Peak.
Steep pow turns in Kumquat Couloir
Touring high above the Marble Creek Cirque.
Atop Primus Peak.
Eldorado Summit Views.