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  • #786291
    powhound84
    92 Posts

    Whats up boys? What are your favorite spots for earning turns on the horrible Colorado mid winter snowpack? Looking for options within about an hour of Silverthorne and have this list so far:

    Dry/Herman/Watrous Gulches
    Loveland Pass
    Jones Pass
    Butler Gulch
    Meadow Mountain
    Quandary Peak
    Vail Pass/Uneva Peak
    Berthoud Pass
    Mt Victoria / Mt Royal
    Mayflower Gulch
    Chicago Ridge
    Chalk Mountain
    Montezuma Area (Baby Bear, Cadillac Gully)
    Spraddle Creek/Bald Mountain
    East Vail

    Did I miss anything good?

    ****Edited List 12/8****


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    #786292
    powhound84
    92 Posts

    Also, a buddy and I will be in the area Jan 30 – Feb 2 if anyone is looking for touring partners! Just shoot me a PM if you are interested.


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    #786340
    powhound84
    92 Posts

    C’mon guys, spill the goods. I’m not above bribing with strong IPAs and promises not to visit the spots more than twice a year and to refrain from spreading the knowledge you provide 🙂

    PM me if you are interested in a bribe haha


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    #786371
    Matt Wood
    328 Posts

    We have more snow (most seasons) and managable terrain up north in Routt County. Our slackcountry is pretty rad too especially with it being the year of 25 dollar lift tickets.

    #786375
    permnation
    303 Posts

    ^^^^What are these $25 tickets you speak of?

    #786386
    powhound84
    92 Posts

    Thank Matt. I haven’t spent any time up there so I’m mostly unfamiliar aside from knowing about Rabbit Ears and Zirkel. Would you be interested in showin us around if we can make it up for a day? We’re happy to bring the beer!


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    #786422
    Matt Wood
    328 Posts

    Yup 25$ tickets, The powers that be were unhappy with all the foreign seasonal slaves selling there comps so company wide everyone gets 12 25 dollar tickets. There freeking everywhere. Salaried year round employees can get unlimited tickets.
    Would totally show you guys around. PM me when the time nears.

    #786473
    PedroDelfuego
    758 Posts

    Tons of options. Be sure to watch CAIC all winter to get the low-down on conditions in CO. You can also look at the Gore Range (if you’ve got the legs). Dry / Bachelor Gulch are easy to access too. Around Loveland pass is good, but can get pretty kook’d out.

    #786698
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    pedro- he did mention mt trelease so I’m sure that would cover dry/bachelor gulch…. That list looks pretty solid for local front range action!
    with that many options I’m sure one of them will have the goods. Now if your snowmobiling the options get substantially larger.

    you did hit on most of the spots that are good!
    nice list.

    -and don’t hate on our snowpack– we start early and shred till summer!

    #786921
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    Don’t forget Vail Pass has options. Both on the North (Uneva side) and South side of 70. The south side is also a sled zone, but some of the more fun spots to play in are there too, imo.

    I would skip Butler Gulch. It gets a lot of snow, but that place is boooooooring. Great for early season turns when that is all there is, but at the time of year you are coming, there are so many better options.

    If it’s snowing, Bert is going to be hard to beat for hot laps and has lots of options. Super popular spot, but for good reason.

    #786922
    powhound84
    92 Posts

    Thanks for all the info, guys! I’m definitely not hating on the CO snowpack, just accepting it’s shortcomings haha. Eagle and Summit were where I first started spreading my wings, so I’ve got plenty of love for the area! I just realize that the best of what it has to offer comes into form in May. I’ll be back for the big lines when the snowpack stabilizes but can’t wait to get out for some touring next month, even if it’s mellow.


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    #786960
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    This post is spot on, butlers is HELLA boring but has some good tree skiing if the lighting or weather isn’t perfect.
    You are correct in saying that once things stabilize our spring time terrain is pretty fucking unbeatable..

    There are also spots off the extremely beaten i70 path that are well worth the drive. I would personally say the spring set is very dependent on how the snow comes in, last season we had some spring-esc days in February/March allowing for some bigger summits and longer lines. The bigger peaks can be skied before may if you are smart, hell Chris Davenport and friends have skied the 14ers basically when they wanted, Dav doing all 54 in one season..

    Obviously this is dependent on your risk tolerance, and knowledge of snowpack.

    Berthoud is an amazing spot to slay fun laps with good features and nice snow but my god, don’t plan on going somewhere new and not having 10 kids following behind you waiting for you to test the slope for them…

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