Submitted By: junkyarddog on March 20, 2011
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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]
On the west side of the northern end of the Ten Mile Range, facing Copper Mtn Ski Resort, are some gullies called the SKY chutes. They are named the SKY chutes because if you look at them from a distance they form the letters S K Y (although the S appears to be backwards).
There are 5 different lines here, the S, the left and right parts of the K, and the two parts of the Y.
How to Get There
Drive west from Denver to the Copper Mountain turnoff (Rt 91). Head south on Rt 91, past the first entrance to Copper Mountain. When you reach the turn in on the right for the Alpine parking lot at Copper, look left, that's the S. You can turn left here into a parking area. At the east side of the parking area is a creek, and a nice wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and start climbing.