Submitted By: Alan on August 04, 2011
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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.[more]
Mt. Emmons is the broad peak that lies just northwest of the town of Crested Butte, displaying it's wide open bowl, known locally as "Red Lady Bowl" which just beckons to be skied. Emmons is a great tour, you gain about 3,000 feet from the trailhead to the summit, and you'll have plenty of options for ski descents amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado.
How to Get There
While approaching the town of Crested Butte from the south on CO-135, take a left onto White Rock Ave. and stay on this road as it turns into County Road 12, and follow it for a couple of miles outside of town until it the road reaches a dead end at the Gunnison National Forest border, where it is not plowed any further. This is the trailhead for Mt. Emmons.
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