Hells Half Acre
Submitted By: Dobish on January 18, 2010
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The descent can start from the summit if you're eager to huck your meat off a 10 ft ledge into the couloir. I imagine most people choose to start at the prominent notch just below the summit ridge. Initially the slope is fairly mellow, but rolls over mid way down the couloir for an exciting short pitch of 40ish degree skiing. The snow in the couloir may be kind of chunky from wet slide debris from the SE facing wall above and climbers right of the chute. Not to worry though, the upper portion of the couloir itself is nicely sheltered from early morning sunhit.[more]
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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