There are several ways to work your way down through the Chutes. You can ski both chutes via the relatively open fall lines, but you don't have to be blind to see the obvious tree runs surrounding the chutes, as well as the numerous pillow/cliff drop options.
Because most of the snow is wind-deposited, there can be some spots that are uber deep, but directly adjacent to a pillow might be only a couple of inches covering rocks. Remember this when you are thinking about going big. Also, some of the landings can be surprising flat.[more]
Allenspark is a great spot to get in some meadow skipping and some touring, as well as some decent tree skiing. The area is located right between the Indian Peaks and Rocky Mountain National Park and will often get great snow during upslope storms. The views from the mount St. Vrain are amazing. This is a popular spot for backcountry skiers from Estes Park, Boulder, and surrounding areas.
How to Get There
To get to this area, you will take highway 7 West from Lyons or if you are coming from Estes Park you will take 7 East. Turn onto Ski Road and follow the road (be careful of following signs, the road is not well marked) for 1.5miles towards the trailhead. At the junction of Ski road and mile marker 116.2 take a right. There is a trailhead .5 mile sign, but this is where you park in the winter.
There are a couple of places in Allenspark to eat, like the Meadow Mountain Cafe
There is no motorized access in this area, as it is National Forest. Winter access adds about 1 mile round trip due to the road closure