Submitted By: ACheateauX on November 17, 2010
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These are tree runs. There are a couple of different options, the further back towards the ski area you go along the ridge the steeper it gets (I have heard woomphing and all sorts of sketchiness over on these shots before). The further towards the top of the pass you go the mellower it gets. Pick your line and ski down to the open meadow which provides a pretty great regrouping point. After this next meadow ski tight trees down to the road. From here I usually take my skis off, cross the road and drop down the next section and into the Loveland Valley ski area. From there you can catch the free shuttle back to the area and either go do it again or go ski something inbounds.[more]
A great area on the western side of Cameron Pass, the 7 Utes area see's a fraction of the traffic and rightfully so. A long and complex approach combined with an area that has terrain traps to numerous to mention keeps numbers low.
That said, some great days can be had if you can commit to the 3.5 mile approach.
How to Get There
The trailhead is actually 4 miles west of the Cameron Pass summit on the south side of 14. Park at the pullout just of the road and skin up the well defined road heading SSE. You will end up on snowmobile trails and jeep roads before taking a left onto a trail putting you in the drainage for 7 Utes mountain. Follow the drainage up to the head wall/saddle between 7 Utes and Mt. Mahler.
The approach can be tricky with some complex route finding on the way up. Solid map skills and someone who has skied there before is highly recommended.