Submitted By: adrenalated on April 29, 2010
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Tree chute, very steep, the top part when you are traversing to the descent is very meadow skippy but the second you are in the chute it is a tight and steep tree chute. It's probably about 500' long once you are in the chute proper, If you manage to get first tracks in it, your in for a pretty incredible ski. Once you ski the chute ski out towards skiers left through some low angle trees to the road cut. NOTE: this pull out is probably the single most annoying place at berthoud pass to catch a ride from. My advice-cross to the other side of the road and walk up the hill aways (assuming the side is plowed). If you ski out towards the right it will take you to 7 mile, which is a very long low angle ski down to Winter Park.[more]
Quandary Peak is one of Colorado's most popular 14ers. It is the 13th highest peak in Colorado, but as 14ers go, it is relatively easy to climb. With it's good access, it is many people's first 14 ski descent. There are two major ski descents on Quandary. The first is the East Ridge & Bowls, which is the more moderate route of the two. The second is the Cristo Couloir, which is a more challenging descent. There are other skiable lines on Quandary, but they are not commonly skied.
How to Get There
From Breckenridge, drive 8 miles south on CO Hwy 9. Turn right on Blue Lakes Road 850. Quandary is very visible from here.
If you are climbing the East Ridge route, you want McCullough Gulch Road 851, which branches to the right after just a few hundred yards. This road will most likely be snowcovered until at least mid-May, so just park at the pullout where the road junction meets. If the road is clear, drive 0.1mi to a parking lot on the right.
If you are climbing Cristo Couloir, continue straight on Blue Lakes Road. The road is not plowed for the last two miles to Blue Lake (where your climb starts), and will probably be snowcovered until mid-May. Drive as far as you can and find a place to park.