I climbed the Whale Tail Couloir on Whale Peak northwest of Kenosha Pass. I left my house at 3:30 and was able to drive within a quarter mile of the Gibson Lake Trailhead. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended after the Hall Valley Campground on County Road 60. I was hiking by 5:15 and didn't need to use my headlamp. I quickly got to the Gibson Lake Trailhead and there was snow on the trail from the start. I only hiked a short time before deciding to put my snowshoes on, which I used all the way to the base of the snow climb. I didn't feel strong due to low blood sugars and being out of shape and didn't get to the couloir until 8:00. There were a few small gusts on occasion, but the wind and temperature were reasonable for the most part.
There was debris from a large wet slide in the couloir, but overnight temperatures were fairly cold and I decided to make an attempt and see what snow conditions were like. After gaining a couple hundred feet, I thought the snow was near perfect as I was able to kick firm steps up the couloir. It was a relatively short climb, but I felt it was worth it. I reached the summit at 9:10 where I only stayed for 15 minutes due to wind and cold. I was able to glissade back down the entire couloir and was back near Gibson Lake within minutes of leaving the summit.
I put my snowshoes back on for the hike out, which went quickly. I was back at my vehicle by 11:00 for a car-to-car time of 5 hours and 45 minutes. I don't ski, but there appeared to be a lot of skiable terrain in the Gibson Lake Basin. If you are looking for an easy snow climb fairly close to Denver, Colorado, with reasonable statistics I would recommend the Whale Tail Couloir.