A large, steep opening in the trees with multiple rock outcroppings


Analysing terrain data









The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.


High Trail Cliffs is a zone of Berthoud Pass that does not often get skied.

The terrain is a lot of fun, but the snow does not often come into condition for it to be skied.

This area gets hammered by the wind, usually making the snowpack in High Trail Cliffs thin.

When there is good snow in High Trail Cliffs, be very aware of the avalanche danger.

An avalanche in here has large consequences because of the rock outcroppings and the abrupt pitch change at the bottom.

However, if you are fortunate enough to get High Trail Cliffs on a good day, there is a lot to play around with and jump off of.

The pitch is nice and steep and cliffs can range anywhere from 10 feet to over 40 feet.