Front Range

Submitted By: Dobish on April 08, 2010

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Colorado » Ten Mile Range

East Ridge and Bowls

There are two major east facing bowls to descend along the north side of the ridge.  They are pretty obvious to find.  One drops from very near the summit down to 13,100'.  The second begins just past the flat section of the ridge and drops to treeline at 11,600.  You can avoid the lower bowl if desired and ski right down the ridge crest, but the bowl has better skiing.  Just make sure you don't drop too low at the bottom, or you'll have to climb back to the trail.

From treeline, follow the trail back to your car.  Do not ski to the south directly down the fall line to Blue Lakes Road, though this is tempting... you will be trespassing on private property.

The East Bowls are moderate in difficulty - about D3-D4.  For more info on the D-system for rating ski descents, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html.  They are steep enough to slide, but are one of the safer spring ski descents.  This route is not recommended in winter because it will most likely be wind scoured most of the time.

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The front range has some great descents and backcountry skiing very close to the city of denver (relatively) There are a lot of wilderness areas, wooded areas, low peaks, and old ski resorts to go ski at. Berthoud Pass, Loveland Pass, Guanella Pass, James Peak Wilderness Area, St. Mary's Glacier, Mt. Evans, Grays and Torrey's, Indian Peaks, Indian Peaks, and Much more Generally front range skiing is a little mellower than some of its neighboring counterparts, but it is a lot of fun. Some of the more accessible areas for backcountry skiing like berthoud and loveland are more crowded on weekends.

How to Get There

The front range is where people first get hooked on snow, you head through the flatlands and end up looking at the mountains

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