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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Featured Descent

Colorado » Front Range

Snoopy’s Backside Couloir

The descent can start from the summit if you're eager to huck your meat off a 10 ft ledge into the couloir.  I imagine most people choose to start at the prominent notch just below the summit ridge.  Initially the slope is fairly mellow, but rolls over mid way down the couloir for an exciting short pitch of 40ish degree skiing.  The snow in the couloir may be kind of chunky from wet slide debris from the SE facing wall above and climbers right of the chute.  Not to worry though, the upper portion of the couloir itself is nicely sheltered from early morning sunhit.

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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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