Butler Gulch

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Butler Gulch

Submitted By: mtnfiend on November 08, 2011

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Cristo Couloir

Cristo is a fairly wide snow gully, and is not particularly technical to ski.  That said, it is steep enough to demand advanced ski abilities.

Cristo is rated D8 or D9 depending on snow conditions.  For information on the D rating system, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html

In good snow conditions, Cristo can be skied right off the summit.  Depending on snowpack, there may or may not be a few rocky patches to navigate.  The gully has a few rollovers, the steepest reaching 40-45 degrees.  The slope has a double fall-line, and is generally a bit mellower if you stay towards the skier's right side.  While not a true no-fall zone, the double fall-line nature also means that a sliding fall in the couloir could be dangerous.

Cristo Couloir is a very large avalanche path and has claimed it's share of victims.  As such, this route is recommended as a spring descent in times of good stability only.  Also, whether you're driving or skinning up Blue Lakes Road, be aware that several major avalanche paths threaten the road near the dam.

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Butler gulch is an off-chute of Jones pass although motorized vehicles are prohibited.

How to Get There

Take I-70 West to the US 40 Empire exit.  Follow US 40 until right before you make the first switchback as if you were headed up Berthoud Pass, where you will make a left onto the Henderson Mine road.  (Note:  You will see a sign a couple hundred yards before this that says Jones Pass 2 3/4 miles, it's the first left turn before that.)  Follow the Henderson mine road and make a right onto a dirt and snow covered road just before the gate.  (there's a huge sign that says Skiers and Snowmobiliers parking this way).  Drive up the road aways, if your in a snowmobile please park in the lower lot, if your on skis feel free to drive up to the higher lot.  This puts you at the beginning of the Jones Pass road.

Part at the Jones Pass winter closure.  Follow the Jones pass road for about 150 yards before taking a left at the signed junction for Butler Gulch.

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