Steamboat Area

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Steamboat Area

Submitted By: Dobish on May 29, 2010

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Tuning Fork Couloir

Lou Dawson refers to this line as a "Big-ol-strip-o-snow" in this book Colorado's Fourteeners Volume 1.  The slope of this couloir is surprisingly consistent over it's entire length.  It's incredibly wide (100+ feet), and fun line that seems to go on forever.  It's also a very straight forward descent.  What you see is what you get, because in fact, you can see the entire line from the top.  This line may not easily go from the exact summit, so some down climbing over talus may be required.  Both Lou Dawson in his 14ers guide book, and Bill Middlebrook on 14ers.com have excellent write-ups on this route.

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Steamboat area has a mix of terrain, with a lot of snowmobile access. Rabbit Ear's pass is more commonly known for snowmobiliers, but there is some great skiing out there.  Motorized vehicles for during winter are only allowed on the eastern side of the pass, and non-motorized traffic is on the west.  There are a number of other peaks, recreation areas, and cross country ski locations to go visit in this area.

How to Get There

The best way to get to the steamboat area is to drive down highway 40 west through winter park, granby, and frasier.  You can also get there by taking I-70 West until dillon, and going North on Route 9.  Both are a good option, but 40 is a little bit more scenic.

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