4th of July Bowl
- Grizzly Peak
- Mountain Boy
- Mt. Hope
The couloir is skiable from summit to bottom (1200+ feet), however, when we skied it we entered the couloir from a side inlet 200' below the summit as a sizable cornice existed at the top. The upper pitch can reach 50 degrees, but the majority of the couloir is sustained 45. The bulk of the couloir is fairly shaded from the sun, except for the top 100', so an early start is prudent. No narrow chokes exist and the majority of the couloir is wide at roughly 30', but it does have a double fall line.[more]
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.