Submitted By: junkyarddog on March 20, 2011
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The North Shoulder is a little bit more mellow, and is often the backup option for people heading up there. You ski almost along the ridge on the north side, back down towards the pumphouse basin. The north shoulder is generally a little bit sheltered and the snow is a little colder, but it is also windblown.[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.