Geneva Basin

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Geneva Basin

Submitted By: Dobish on April 08, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Colorado » Holy Cross Wilderness

Savage Peak Couloir

The couloir is skiable from summit to bottom (1200+ feet), however, when we skied it we entered the couloir from a side inlet 200' below the summit as a sizable cornice existed at the top.  The upper pitch can reach 50 degrees, but the majority of the couloir is sustained 45.  The bulk of the couloir is fairly shaded from the sun, except for the top 100', so an early start is prudent.  No narrow chokes exist and the majority of the couloir is wide at roughly 30', but it does have a double fall line.

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Geneva Basin was a ski resort from 1963-1984, so there is a lot of open terrain up there. there are no more towers, and some of the vegetation has started to grow back, but for the most part this is a nice quite place to go spend the day backcountry skiing. It is a great spot for beginner backcountry skiers, as well as those just looking to get out and explore their own back yards.

                          

How to Get There

Take I-70 West to Georgetown, then head through the town and up Guanella Pass Road. The old resort is 6 miles from Georgetown

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