Guanella Pass

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Guanella Pass

Submitted By: Dobish on April 08, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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From the top of Agassiz the line descends to down the high alpine ridge to the east.  Just short of the saddle it descends to the skiers right towards the south and town.  This route then followes the avalanche path and drainage for long beautiful run.  At the bottom you begin meandering right towards the Leroux fire scar.  Once you hit Freidlein Prairie Road this is the end of the run and you follow the road to skiers right back to snowbowl road. This is a long run, make sure you carry a map.  It flattens out at the end and you would like to get back to snowbowl road so you can get a ride back up to the ski area.  Please also be advised that this is the ski run where the only Arizona avalanche fatality occured, be smart.

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Guanella Pass is a great drive in the summer, and there is a variety of terrain up there to ski in the winter and spring. The road was closed in august of 2009 due to rock fall danger, so it is a longer skin to some places, but the old resort, Geneva Basin is a fun spot for a backcountry ski trip. Argentine Pass is another spot to go for some longer tours, you just want to make sure the snow is decent up there!

How to Get There

take I-70 West to Georgetown, go through the town, and up Guanella Pass Road. From here you can get to Geneva Basin, Argentine Pass, and a couple of other spots.

Area Camping

Like most of colorado in the winter, you can camp there, but be prepared to be a little chilly.

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Joe W
Posted on May 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

The Geneva Basin Ski Patrol Cabin could use a little clean up work.  Volunteers are needed for the Summer 2015 hut work day. Post a comment if interested.

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