Submitted By: junkyarddog on March 20, 2011
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From the summit, cut through the trees to return to the second headwall. At the bottom of the first snowfield/meadow, pick your way through the trees staying left (most people take the gully and cut left) to another prominent meadow. One more group of aspens, and the third meadow becomes apparent. Just beyond the trees at the bottom of the third meadow is the road where you started.
Numerous variations exist into some rather tight trees, but this route is well-traveled enough that you can get pow turns in the meadows and follow tracks through the trees to the next mostly-unskied meadow.
If you are skiing early season, keep in mind there is a lot of deadfall and broken leg potential lurking under shallow snow, especially in the aspen trees.[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.