2/4/15 – On March 1,

After more than a week of steady snowfall, Alex Krull and Austin Porzak skied the right side of the First Flatiron, the famed slab formation above Boulder, Colorado. The two men skied the East Face Gully, often known as the Silk Road when it develops as an ice climb, with an average inclination of about 45 degrees and thin powder over exposed rock slabs. Before unroping and skiing the lower east face, they were belayed for three 60-meter sections at the peak of the climb. Between 750 to 800 feet was lost overall. It’s improbable that the entire 1,000-foot-high First Flatiron will be blanketed with enough snow for skiing.


Courtesy Stefan Griebel. The route taken by Stefan Griebel and Bill Wright while skiing part of the Third Flatiron on Jan. 10, 2007.