Democrat, Pinko and Redneck


From the very summit of Democrat one can ski right back to the car at Kite Lake by heading southwest. Depending on one's politics, one can ski Pinko (left of Democrat, might require a little walking on rocks) or Redneck (right of Democrat, no walking needed). On June 4, 2004, I skied Pinko: Start from the very summit and stay to your right as you look for the large entrance to a prominent gully that is visible from the parking area (left in photo). After skiing the gully, which offers good skiing, stay hard left to use the terrain to return to the car on skis. Alternately, keep skiing down to the cirque between Buckskin and Democrat, which will usually allow a ski down to the road switchback below Kite Lake.

On May 28, 2005, I again soloed this face, this time keeping to my left so that I could find Redneck. This time it was one continuous ski, summit to parking lot (though the car was a little below the lot, stopped by snow).

On Saturday, June 16, 2007, from Buckskin summit, we saw two people skiing this face, and a party skied it a day later as well, so it seems to be popular. Here is a photo by Mike Bean of the Sunday party, showing Andrew Knapp descending the Redneck slot. See <<>> for more.


On June 28, 2008, I summitted with Matt and Katie Jones, Steve Smokan, Christian Caslin, and Sarah. We summited at 8 am and they all skied the N Face while I soloed the S. But it was frozen suncups; and I got a little lost on descent and ended up in a gully between Pinko and Redneck. No real problems, and I could ski back to the car, but it was not a great descent. Too late in the year really. The N Face crew had a fine time on that run.

Here is a view from Buckskin in the early morning of May 20, 2009.


June 10, 2016. Carried to summit and skied the S Face via a central gully. With Randy Garrison and Robert McGrath. Road was open to within a half-mile of the lake. Skied all the way back to the car.

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