4th of July Bowl
What's in this Area?
Red Lady Bowl is wide open bowl skiing at its finest. You can either drop in on the eastern slopes before reaching the summit, or the south slopes from the summit proper. The east side often gets wind-loaded, while the south side is generally relatively safer. Don't be fooled, though, with a slope angle right around 38 degrees this bowl can be very avalanche prone, and although it gets a lot of traffic, should only be skied during stable periods. The southern face of the bowl will begin consolidating earlier on in the year than other aspects, so this can make for a fantastic late winter/early spring run if you're lucky enough to catch it on a powder morning. After skiing the main bowl, you'll follow a river drainage back to the trailhead. Keep an eye out for fun little kickers on the sides of the drainage.[more]
4th of July Bowl is a mellower bowl with a couple of different options that go down to the Roaring Fork and are accessible to the highway via a creek crossing. There are a couple of shorter runs as well as some more aggressive lines that run to through some rocks
How to Get There
To get there, you leave the parking area and bathrooms up on top of Highway 82, and you head SW up the mellower ridge, following the snow fence. There are three options for descents, which allow for shorter or longer hikes, as well as varying degrees of difficulty in the descent. The first gully is much shorter and less steep, the second gully is a little bit longer, but has a roll-over, and the third gully is much steeper with more exposure and danger.
Plenty of camping along the highway, including Weller Campground, Lincoln Gulch, and Parry Peak.
Road is closed in the winter, so check for access.