Five Fingers Bowl

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Five Fingers Bowl

Submitted By: Juan on May 06, 2011

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Colorado » Ten Mile Range

East Ridge and Bowls

There are two major east facing bowls to descend along the north side of the ridge.  They are pretty obvious to find.  One drops from very near the summit down to 13,100'.  The second begins just past the flat section of the ridge and drops to treeline at 11,600.  You can avoid the lower bowl if desired and ski right down the ridge crest, but the bowl has better skiing.  Just make sure you don't drop too low at the bottom, or you'll have to climb back to the trail.

From treeline, follow the trail back to your car.  Do not ski to the south directly down the fall line to Blue Lakes Road, though this is tempting... you will be trespassing on private property.

The East Bowls are moderate in difficulty - about D3-D4.  For more info on the D-system for rating ski descents, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html.  They are steep enough to slide, but are one of the safer spring ski descents.  This route is not recommended in winter because it will most likely be wind scoured most of the time.

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This bowl is big, very big and if you mess it up it will kill you. Only try it if you want to ski a classic and have a high tolerance for risk. This thing is very easy to get to and if the time is right its worth it, if the time is wrong your going to die. A car shuttle is recommended otherwise it can take a while to hitch hike on Castle Creek road. You can hike from the bottom of Aspen Highlands but that would be crazy save yourself three hours of hiking and buy a lift ticket and make it a 45min hike from the top lift and 4000+ft of sickness.

How to Get There

Buy a lift ticket ...ride to the top....hike to Highlands Peak.. ski the other side...repeat if you can......

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