What's in this Area?
Submitted By: Franz2 on April 21, 2010
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The right of the Y is a little bit more mellow, about 30-32 degrees throughout the top section. It is often very windy up at the very top, so you will want to keep a lookout for large windslabs. The left of the Y is closer to 35 at some points. You can also ski the trees in between the two chutes, which holds the snow a little bit better, but it can be steeper. Once you are in the chute, it is wide enough to make turns down (about 30 ft) but you want to be prepared to get a lot of varying snow. The whole slide path is a terrain trap, and you can see visible signs of flagging and avy activity. The trees on the sides of the gully are pretty tight. When you get to the bottom, head to the right, and you will cross under the K and into a big meadow, and then you can head to the road.[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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