Front Range

Submitted By: Dobish on April 08, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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East Portal Trailhead

We skied this in a storm and it was our first time up there.  So I didn't get a good look around.  We skied the north east facing aspects just to the southwest of the first large lake in the forest lakes area.  We skied mellow terrain but there looked like there was steeper chutes above us towards the ridgeline to our south.

A better area to ski might be if you take a left off the trail towards forest lakes and head towards arapaho lakes, up trail 818 as labeled on the nat geo trails illustrated map (#103 for this area).  It appears you gain elevation more quickly and may have more sustained, slightly steeper terrain - which would be an improvement over the aspects described above.

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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.

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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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