Five Fingers Bowl
What's in this Area?
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.[more]
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......