Independence Pass

Submitted By: Dobish on May 26, 2011

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Colorado » Front Range

Russell Peak East Face

The east face of Russell is technical and can be tight depending upon snow conditions.  It is east facing, which means it gets sun early, and it also involves much steeper lines. The longest descents are from the peak, but they are very committing. Once you are up there, there is no backing out and escape routes are hard to come by should something slide.

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Independence Pass (Indy Pass to some locals) offers a huge variety of opportunities for a wide range of backcountry skiers because of the terrain options, as well as the countless opportunities for hiking.  The road (highway 82) crests Independence Pass, making it perfect for backcountry skiing with relatively easy access to start out.

How to Get There

Independence Pass Road (Highway 82), can be reached via the town of Aspen (it is 20 miles east of Aspen) or via the East, from Leadville/Highway 24.  There are large signs marking Independence Pass Highway, but please be advised that this road is closed in the winter because of the massive amounts of snow.

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