What's in this Area?
Submitted By: Franz2 on April 21, 2010
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This is a moderate climb but due to the southern aspect and the lower elevation, the snow is often melted out and sunbaked towards the bottom of the trail. Not a very good place for spring skiing once it gets warm. This canyon is access to a lot of other terrain back in the drainage including couloirs and other steeper terrain.[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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