Submitted By: ACheateauX on November 17, 2010
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Tree chute, very steep, the top part when you are traversing to the descent is very meadow skippy but the second you are in the chute it is a tight and steep tree chute. It's probably about 500' long once you are in the chute proper, If you manage to get first tracks in it, your in for a pretty incredible ski. Once you ski the chute ski out towards skiers left through some low angle trees to the road cut. NOTE: this pull out is probably the single most annoying place at berthoud pass to catch a ride from. My advice-cross to the other side of the road and walk up the hill aways (assuming the side is plowed). If you ski out towards the right it will take you to 7 mile, which is a very long low angle ski down to Winter Park.[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.