Hells Half Acre
Submitted By: Dobish on January 18, 2010
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One of my favorite lines in the front range with lots of options. You can ski the couloir between the double summits for a nice 40 degree pitch with rock wall on either side.
You can also ski the Northeast face. Not sure on the slope angle but it is a open face with limited exposure.
You can ski the South East face for a more mellow descent (better if you started at Butler Gultch) with amazing terrain and small playful features all the way down.
**Take all necessary avalanche precautions. It is not uncommon to get a lot of wind loading in this area due to its proximity to the divide.**
Hells Half Acre includes a variety of terrain from trees to cliffs to open areas. It is easily accessible, and in general the snow is very good. The terrain is so varied that it allows for everyone to enjoy some of the great skiing without being too risky. This area includes High Trail Trees, Shop Chutes, Hanging Meadow, Sentinel Chute, North Chute, The Choke, The Knuckle, The Fingers, Mines 2, and Mines 1
How to Get There
Drive to the top of Berthoud Pass, and start in the parking area by the warming hut. From the parking lot, head due East from the lot and follow the trees on the left towards the observation equipment at the top of the pass. The approach is about 700' and is moderate.
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