Buffalo Mountain

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Buffalo Mountain

Submitted By: mtnfiend on April 11, 2011

Administrator: mtnfiend

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Colorado » Front Range

Russell Peak North Shoulder

The North Shoulder is a little bit more mellow, and is often the backup option for people heading up there. You ski almost along the ridge on the north side, back down towards the pumphouse basin.  The north shoulder is generally a little bit sheltered and the snow is a little colder, but it is also windblown.

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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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