Buffalo Mountain

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Buffalo Mountain

Submitted By: mtnfiend on April 11, 2011

Administrator: mtnfiend

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Colorado » Front Range

St. Mary’s Glacier

The descent is a mellow run that ranges between 20º and 34º.  There is a headwall on skiers right, which will put you in the glacial lake, and is prone to avalanches.  Be careful of this in with new snow, as the under layers are pretty firm and often icy.  Skier's left is a much more mellow line, that ends at a pile of rocks, where often people will leave lunches and whatnot.  In winter and spring you can ski back down the road and end up back at the car.

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Buffalo is clearly visible when descending from the tunnel towards Silverthorne.  The town is literally built at the base of this peak.  Several good skiing options exist.

How to Get There

The most direct way to access this peak (and several of the skiing options) is from the Ryan Gulch (Buffalo Cabin) trail head.  From the Silverthorne exit off I-70, go north on hwy 9.  At the first stop light, take a left (west) on Wildernest Rd.  Follow the road thru several sharp turns until you get to the parking area on the left where the road widens to accommodate 15 or so cars (basically the highest elevation point along the road).  The trail begins on the opposite side of the road.

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