Submitted By: Alan on August 04, 2011
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These are tree runs. There are a couple of different options, the further back towards the ski area you go along the ridge the steeper it gets (I have heard woomphing and all sorts of sketchiness over on these shots before). The further towards the top of the pass you go the mellower it gets. Pick your line and ski down to the open meadow which provides a pretty great regrouping point. After this next meadow ski tight trees down to the road. From here I usually take my skis off, cross the road and drop down the next section and into the Loveland Valley ski area. From there you can catch the free shuttle back to the area and either go do it again or go ski something inbounds.[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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