There are two major east facing bowls to descend along the north side of the ridge. They are pretty obvious to find. One drops from very near the summit down to 13,100'. The second begins just past the flat section of the ridge and drops to treeline at 11,600. You can avoid the lower bowl if desired and ski right down the ridge crest, but the bowl has better skiing. Just make sure you don't drop too low at the bottom, or you'll have to climb back to the trail.
From treeline, follow the trail back to your car. Do not ski to the south directly down the fall line to Blue Lakes Road, though this is tempting... you will be trespassing on private property.
The East Bowls are moderate in difficulty - about D3-D4. For more info on the D-system for rating ski descents, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html. They are steep enough to slide, but are one of the safer spring ski descents. This route is not recommended in winter because it will most likely be wind scoured most of the time.[more]
This is the area on the SW side of Highway 82, with interesting features, cornices, and couliors. There are some mellower lines that go back down to the valley, but this will also give you access to 4th of July bowl, on the West side of the pass.
How to Get There
From the parking lot at the top of the pass, where the elevation sign and the bathroom is, you head SW up the lower angle field, following the continental divide. There is a very prominent ridge that goes SW to S and then comes back up towards the E. Coming from Twin Lakes, it will be on your left, coming from Aspen, it will be on your right. Road is closed during the Winter.
There are some great camping spots, including Weller Campground, Lincoln Gulch Campground, Parry Peak, and others along Highway 82.
Getting up here in the winter does not allow for vehicles to pass, as the highway is closed. In the summer, look out for traffic and bicyclists.