Little Annie’s

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Little Annie’s

Submitted By: Y.C. on April 29, 2011

Administrator: Y.C.

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Colorado » Front Range

The Citadel

One of my favorite lines in the front range with lots of options.  You can ski the couloir between the double summits for a nice 40 degree pitch with rock wall on either side. 
You can also ski the Northeast face.  Not sure on the slope angle but it is a open face with limited exposure. 
You can ski the South East face for a more mellow descent (better if you started at Butler Gultch) with amazing terrain and small playful features all the way down. 
**Take all necessary avalanche precautions.  It is not uncommon to get a lot of wind loading in this area due to its proximity to the divide.**

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This area has a number of great easy access ski lines.  There are open bowls and tree runs that are west facing as one moves south on Richmond Ridge from the Aspen Ajax ski area.  One of my favorites is Hurrican Bowl.  You can get a great look at this area from Aspen Highlands Ski Area.  Be heads up for mines and avalance terrain traps in this area, because it is easy to get to does not mean it is safe.  Also this is a popular snowmobile area, be carefull when hiking around.

How to Get There

There are two ways one can get to Little Annies Skiing.  One can take the lift up to the top of Ajax, have a drink with a movie star, then skin out the Richmond Ridge towards the south until you are above the ski lines.  Play all day and then ski back via the Aspen Ski Area.  You can also get to the skiing via Castle Creek Rd towards Ashcroft.  After a couple miles take a left on Little Annie's Rd, heading up to the end of the plowed road to park.  The ski runs are above you.

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