Submitted By: junkyarddog on March 20, 2011
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The descent for this area is pretty short, but it does get steep. You start out going through the trees, and as it gets steeper, it becomes an avy path. The hanging meadow is a short pitch that is void of trees, but be careful because it is prone to avalanches caused by backcountry skiers. Once you are down through the meadow, you can cut hard left to get back to the first turnoff and take a quick skin back up to the warming hut or you can continue NW and go down to 7 Mile, which is a much longer run.[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.