Hells Half Acre

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Hells Half Acre

Submitted By: Dobish on January 18, 2010

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Featured Descent

Colorado » Gore Range/Vail Pass

Silver Couloir

Nearly 3000' of skiing awaits those who put in the effort to climb to the top!!!  The Silver couloir has been regarded by several (Lou Dawson - Wild Snow, Chris Davenport - 50 Classic Ski Descents of N. America) as one of N. America's classic lines.  I have to say I agree.  The couloir is very wide (narrow section is 50 feet??), moderately steep at around 40 degrees, and LONG!!!

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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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