Low Angle Heaven

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Low Angle Heaven

Submitted By: E_Poore on January 07, 2014

Administrator: E_Poore

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Snowmobile Access: No
Approach Difficulty: Easy

Featured Descent

Colorado » Front Range

North Chute

Tree chute, very steep, the top part when you are traversing to the descent is very meadow skippy but the second you are in the chute it is a tight and steep tree chute.  It's probably about 500' long once you are in the chute proper,  If you manage to get first tracks in it, your in for a pretty incredible ski.  Once you ski the chute ski out towards skiers left through some low angle trees to the road cut.  NOTE: this pull out is probably the single most annoying place at berthoud pass to catch a ride from.  My advice-cross to the other side of the road and walk up the hill aways (assuming the side is plowed).  If you ski out towards the right it will take you to 7 mile, which is a very long low angle ski down to Winter Park.

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Details

Great low angle bowl/glades.  This is the first opening that you come to in the skin track from the main parking area.  I would recommend continuing to the skiers left once in the opening and the terrain will break over into a nice pitch that is around 30 degrees.  This is a great place to go if the AVY danger is high or you are looking for a quick tour before you need to back in Boulder for the afternoon.  

To provide a reference.  I left Boulder, with snowy road, at about 8am, ski FOUR good laps and get my partner back in time for the 3pm Buff Basketball game.

How to Get There

Probably one of the easiest approaches in the front range.  The trail from the parking area took my partner and I about 30 min.  If there is no skin track, head straight from the parking area then skinners left at the saddle.  I am pretty sure that it is a small 4x4 road in the summer due to the obvious opening in the trees.  Follow all the way until the trees open in to mellow glades.

Access Issues

Hard to access if road is not plowed but seems to be be well maintained.

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