Hidden Valley Descent Group

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Hidden Valley Descent Group

Submitted By: DanF on December 04, 2011

Administrator: DanF

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Snowmobile Access: No
Approach Difficulty: Easy

Featured Descent

Colorado » Front Range

The Bowl

Steep wide open bowl.  The bowl tops out in the 30 degrees so only ski this in times of pretty safe avalanche conditions.  If you go too far to the north there is a MONSTROUS cornice usually there so watch out for that.  You'll ski down to a bench which makes a great island of safety to watch your buddies from (pick your location wisely).  After that there are a few mellow tree shots that you can pick up further to the east that will add into the descent and take you right back to where the road first switchbacks.  Be careful though, even these tree chutes can have pretty high avy danger.

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Hidden Valley has a good variety of descents viewable from left to right from the parking area.

How to Get There

You can find good skiing within a 1-2 mile approach.  This area is fairly well traveled and a skin track will often already exist.  

Begin your skin straight out of the parking lot.  You will quickly pass a sledding and tubing area on the left before the approach to increase in angle. 

In about a third of a mile, the trail breaks into an intersection.  Head left to take the Aspen trail.  This will take you all the way to Trail Ridge Road.  If you continue on, you will stay on Columbine trail.

At about a mile from the parking lot, you will cross Trail Ridge Road.  Continue up and onward if you want to ski the the Main Slope.

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