Backcountry Sled-Skiing: Buffalo Pass, Colorado Guidebook

Backcountry Sled-Skiing: Buffalo Pass, Colorado Guidebook

Backcountry Sled-Skiing: Buffalo Pass, Colorado
by Stephen Bass
Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Beacon Guidebooks:
Colorado: Berthoud | Crested Butte | Loveland | Silverton | Uphill Skiing & Light Tours of Colorado
Washington: Baker | Crystal | Snoqualmie

Buffalo Pass is the mecca for backcountry sled-skiers in the Rockies. Nestled in the Park Range of the Rocky Mountains near Steamboat Springs, it is one of the only places in the world where you can drive 15 minutes from a resort, unload a trailer full of snowmobiles, and have a 55-mile network of maintained snow roads on public lands dedicated to mechanized skiing from mid-December til Gaper Day.
The orientation of Buff Pass makes it favorable for significant orographic snowfall in zonal flow, particularly northwest flow patterns. The frigid air from northwest Colorado adds to the magic of “Fluffalo Pass” by providing consistent light and blower powder all winter long. To top it off, Buff Pass competes with Wolf Creek Pass every season for having the deepest snowpack in Colorado. Buffalo Pass also has access to some of the best tree skiing in the world, varying from widely spaced and naturally gladed aspens in mellow terrain to tight and technical aspens and evergreens guaranteed to test any skier.The area boasts some of the oldest and largest old growth aspens in Colorado.There are several stands on the pass that are renowned for their top to bottom skiing amongst quaking aspens such as Forester’s Aspens, Double A’s, GalaxyTrees, and Quaker Bowl. However, the gem of Buff Pass is Soda Mountain. When the skies rip to blue, locals and tourists alike flock to the highest point on the pass for steep chutes, big drops, and technical terrain in Buff Pass’s deep, world class powder.

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Backcountry Skiing: Loveland Pass, Colorado Guidebook

Backcountry Skiing: Loveland Pass, Colorado Guidebook

Backcountry Skiing: Loveland Pass, Colorado
by Rob Writz
Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Beacon Guidebooks:
Colorado: Berthoud | Buffalo | Crested Butte | Silverton | Uphill Skiing & Light Tours of Colorado
Washington: Baker | Crystal | Snoqualmie

Join us on the rakkup app this winter to unlock new terrain on Loveland Pass. Download the book in the “bookstore” to get access to 23 zones and 165 named runs. Featuring ascent routes, descent descriptions, max slope angles, a trail map, offline GPS navigation and much more, this app helps your terrain management, tour planning and route finding.

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Backcountry Skiing: Crystal Mountain, Washington Guidebook

Backcountry Skiing: Crystal Mountain, Washington Guidebook

Backcountry Skiing: Crystal Mountain, Washington
by Matt Schonwald
Northwest Avalanche Center
Beacon Guidebooks:
Colorado: Berthoud | BuffaloCrested Butte | Loveland | Silverton | Uphill Skiing & Light Tours of Colorado
Washington: Baker | Snoqualmie

Crystal after Killy was like Tatooine in Star Wars; sitting at the outer edge of the galaxy, oppressed by neglectful owners which resulted in a ski area with lifts that often left large amounts of skiers at the bottom of a broken down tower on a powder day. As a result, many locals of Planet Crystal shifted their pow harvest beyond the boundary via backcountry touring. At the time, Crystal boasted nearly five miles of boundary with few rules. So skiers came to mine the rich ski terrain and deep snow despite a desolate, almost decrepit lift system. Largely ignored by the ski media and the rest of the country, Crystal gained the notice of the Great Corporate Ski Empires during the 1st Great Corporate Shopping Spree when Boyne bought Crystal with the promise to bring them from Outer Rim of the Ski Galaxy and they did. New lifts and improved staffing accessed the often-closed North and Southback areas. Before long, images of steep, deep untracked pow drew attention to the place. Despite decades of touring and exploring, the sense of finding a run for the first time continues with the tradition of not naming every rock, chute and open face.

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Backcountry Skiing: Berthoud Pass, Colorado Guidebook

Backcountry Skiing: Berthoud Pass, Colorado Guidebook

Backcountry Skiing: Berthoud Pass, Colorado
by Rob Writz
Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Beacon Guidebooks:
Colorado: Buffalo | Crested Butte | Loveland | Silverton | Uphill Skiing & Light Tours of Colorado
Washington: Baker | Crystal | Snoqualmie

Welcome to the epicenter of backcountry skiing and snowboarding on Colorado’s Front Range. Since the 1930s skiers have been exploring the slopes surrounding US Highway 40 as it climbs and descends Berthoud Pass. This was the former home of one of Colorado’s pioneering ski areas and when it closed, the Pass quickly emerged as the most popular backcountry ski destination on the Front Range. Quick access, a consistent snowpack, and endless discovery continue to draw skiers to Berthoud Pass. The east to west orientation of the Pass, located high above the Fraser River and Clear Creek valleys, attracts a deep snowpack benefiting from both northwest flow and upslope storms. In just over an hour drive from Denver, backcountry skiers have access to numerous trailheads leading into the high basins surrounding the Pass. From pre-work dawn patrols, to car shuttling, to all day epics, Berthoud Pass has an adventure for backcountry riders of all skill levels. The glade skiing, deep powder bowls, and steep couloirs of Berthoud Pass have enough terrain to keep you busy for a lifetime.

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Uphill Skiing and Light Tours of Colorado Guidebook

Uphill Skiing and Light Tours of Colorado Guidebook

Uphill Skiing and Light Tours of Colorado
by Lou Dawson
The Backcountry Ski Blog
Beacon Guidebooks:
Colorado: Berthoud | BuffaloCrested Butte | Loveland | Silverton
Washington: Baker | Crystal | Snoqualmie

It is said Colorado has 300 sunny days a year. Combine that with several thousand mountains, and a winter climate that’s downright temperate. The result: one of the best places on the planet for ski touring. Of course nothing is perfect. Colorado challenges backcountry skiers with limited public access options, due in part to it being a mostly rural, relatively un-roaded western state. More importantly, due to various climatic factors the state’s mountains can be prone to dangerous avalanches for much of every winter. Yet options exist. Key with backcountry travel is picking routes with lower angle pitches and other avalanche-mitigating factors. While these “light tours” are surprisingly difficult to find, they do exist. We detail a selection of Colorado lends itself to this as well, with most of the state’s more than twenty ski resorts allowing uphill skiing. Thus, we offer a special mix here, combining a variety of “easy” backcountry routes with recommended resort options. Pick one of our many days of Colorado sunshine, get out and enjoy.

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Backcountry Skiing: Silverton, Colorado Guidebook

Backcountry Skiing: Silverton, Colorado Guidebook

Backcountry Skiing: Silverton, CO
by Josh Kling
Crested Butte Avalanche Center
Beacon Guidebooks:
Colorado: Berthoud | Buffalo | Crested Butte | Loveland | Uphill Skiing & Light Tours of Colorado
Washington: Baker | Crystal | Snoqualmie

Home to multiple ski areas, extreme skiers and sledders, ski and mountain guides, and an incredibly rich mining history, the sleepy town of Silverton is a fantastic place to visit. It speaks for itself when it comes to remote and rugged mountain towns of the west. Many mountain ranges do not have a year round maintained road passing through them. The San Juan Mountain Range, from Durango through Silverton and on to Ouray has three: Coal Bank, Molas, and Red Mountain Passes. Highway 550 brings powder-hounds through some of Colorado’s most remote and diverse ski terrain. Basins adjacent to Highway 550, also known as the Million Dollar Highway, boast an annual snowfall of 400”. The mountains accessed from Silverton possess some of the largest ski descents in the lower 48, and some of the deepest snow in all of Colorado. The locations showcased in this atlas offer the entire spectrum of terrain and difficulty, from novice to extreme and everything in between. Provided you already have a small amount of experience as a backcountry skier and have completed a Level 1 avalanche course, there is something in this atlas for everyone.
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