What's in this Area?
Submitted By: Franz2 on April 21, 2010
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This is an easy nordic tour that is about 3.5 miles around the orchard. While there are some tougher trails, the general route is to start at the Toll Road towards the left, turn right onto Mac Run at the bottom of the hill. Follow the Old East Brookfield Road, then turn to follow Lincoln Road, Cross over the road, get back on North Connector, go uphill and then turn onto Oak Run (which is the easiest trail).
After you cross the road again, you will continue on Oak Run, follow the stone wall, get on Great Woods Trail (which is rated more difficult) and head across the open field (hay U) into the woods. Take Fruit Loop around the upper orchard, and then get back on the North Connector Trail. Stay on North Connector through the orchard, turn left onto Mac Run, and make the short ascent to the parking lot.[more]
A series of 30 to 45 degree chutes and rock gardens on the West side of Berthoud Pass. This area drops from the top of the pass down to the lower parking lot and contains pretty much everything from steep tree chutes, to rock gardens. Loads of hucking potential. Some areas in here are slide prone although they do receive a hell of a lot of skier traffic. Runs are typically about 1,000 feet of vert if you include skiing the Meadows off the top of the pass.
How to Get There
Couple of different methods
1) Skin up the west side of the pass to where you get to treeline, the summit and the scraggly bushes and trees and old antennae, and ski down to the North, not back towards the road. Usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes depending on how fast your crew is
2) Park in the parking lot, cross the road and skin until you hit the aquifer, follow it until you hit the chutes. Usually only advised if the weather is absolutly atrocious and really your just trying to stay below treeline
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