What's in this Area?
Submitted By: Franz2 on April 22, 2010
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|Starting Elevation:||11000 ft.|
|Elevation Gain:||2200 ft.|
|High Point:||12200 ft.|
|Max Slope Angle:||30°|
This is really more of a sidecountry route out of Loveland Ski Area. I suppose you could access it by parking at the top of the pass and hiking all the way around the bowl to the west, but that would be a ton of work for not much pay off. That being said, accessing it from the top of Chair 1 can be not much work for a whole lot of pay off depending on conditions. Take chair 1 to the top, and hike out the boot pack that goes behind the Rock House. This boot pack will wander up and towards the southeast. It's usually takes about 15 minutes to reach the top of the boot pack. Once you reach the ridge of point 12,200, put your skis on and pick your descent.
Boots, skis and avy gear. A pack can be nice to throw your skis on the back of, but no need for skins.
These are tree runs. There are a couple of different options, the further back towards the ski area you go along the ridge the steeper it gets (I have heard woomphing and all sorts of sketchiness over on these shots before). The further towards the top of the pass you go the mellower it gets. Pick your line and ski down to the open meadow which provides a pretty great regrouping point. After this next meadow ski tight trees down to the road. From here I usually take my skis off, cross the road and drop down the next section and into the Loveland Valley ski area. From there you can catch the free shuttle back to the area and either go do it again or go ski something inbounds.
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