North Ridge 2+ Ski East Couloir
Formerly known as North Carbonate... Cronin Peak was named in honor of Mary Cronin, who in 1934 become the first woman to climb all of Colorado's fourteeners. Cronin was a great first Centennial for Kristi and I to ski together. We left the Baldwin Gulch Trailhead at 6:30am and summited at 1:30pm. Our day covered 12.3 miles and 5115 total vertical feet. We climbed the North Ridge and skied the gut of the Northeast Face. The North Ridge was relatively rugged... especially in ski boots. The skiing on the Northeast Face was absolutely fantastic with perfect spring snow. The day started out sunny but by the time we summited visibility was minimal... making the skiing even more exciting. Our pace was comfortable and steady... with 30 minutes on the summit and maybe another 45 after at the bottom of the NE Face. We were back to the truck and headed to Eddy Line for a meal and brew by 5:30pm.
Here is a link for the GPX file from our trip.