Rabbit Ears Pass

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Rabbit Ears Pass

Submitted By: Dobish on May 29, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Featured Descent

Colorado » Ten Mile Range

East Ridge and Bowls

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.

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Details

Rabbit Ears pass is divided into motorized and non-motorized locations of trail use. Motorized users are restricted to the east side of the pass, which is a little flatter and heads towards muddy lake.  The west side is steeper and is restricted to only non-motorized users during the winter months.  This is an easy drive from the town of steamboat, and is about 2 hours from the denver area.  The views are fantastic, and it is a great spot to go enjoy some snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, or snowshoeing.

How to Get There

Rabbit Ears Pass is located about 2.5 hours from Denver, north on highway 40.  The top of the pass is about 20 minutes from the town of Steamboat Springs.  Highway 40 is the road that goes over Rabbit Ears Pass, and there are a number of turnoffs for recreational users.

Area Camping

Camping is limited in the winter in this area.

Area Food

Head down to steamboat for grub. Your next best option would be going to frasier, grand lake, or granby to get something to eat.

Area Access

The access is restricted to non-motorized users on the west side, and motorized users have access to the east side only.

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