Jones Pass Colorado

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

Day 2 of our Colorado trip, we head 1.5 hours west of Denver for Jones Pass, which we heard was a haven for hikers, skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and doggos.

We're not always privy to backcountry mountains back home so we were in absolute awe the entire trip. We stopped at a nearby town called Idaho Springs to rent snowshoes at Maison de Ski ($15 if you rent online) and picked up some sandwiches at Two Brothers Deli. Another 20 minutes west and we were at the base of the mountain where the parking lot was starting to get filled. (Thank god we upgraded our car to a 4-wheeler!)

So the goal was to reach the top of Jones Pass, only a cool 12,000 feet climb, where you'd find a bowl-like valley to surf some powder. Climbing up such high altitude was no joke. At one point, my legs felt like they weighed 100 pounds and they didn't want to move (okay, this is an exaggeration, but you get the gist). Out of breath, we climbed. The view was spectacular and we didn't mind the breaks in between every 10 steps to take in the view.

Along the way, we found this kicker on the side of the mountain and we wondered if Mundo could handle it. Luckily, when we were descending, we met some guys from Buffalo, NY who were taking their skis and snowboards off the jump. They took one look at Mundo and one of the guys asked if he could take it off the jump. So of course we said, hell yeah! Go for it!

He tried it twice and didn't quite land but that's okay. Physics already told us that he didn't have the best chances. Anyways, it was awesome seeing someone who looked so confident on Mundo carving sharp turns and he gave us some great feedback. All in all, it was a successful and memorable trip.

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