The 40 Gate

Berthoud Pass

Winter Park

Winter Park Ski Area

A steep forest of trees that take you out of bounds from Parry's Peak on Parsenn Bowl to Highway 40

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
674 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
236 m
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.3 km
Gradient
46˚
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The 40 Gate Map

Description

Experts only! Hug the rope line on Parry’s Peek until you see an obvious gate on the right. As you descend into the trees, keep fading to the left. This area is not patrolled - carry a beacon, probe and shovel, and if you get injured, pray for cell phone coverage. This great tree skiing comes out on Highway 40, just uphill of the Jane entrance. Catch the shuttle bus at the entrance to get back to your car or hitchhike (do this hike earlier in the day when there is still traffic heading to the base). This is not really a run – it’s more like steep, non-maintained forest with dead fall and rock ledges where you can get stuck. If it’s your first time down this area, go with people who have done it before. Bring a beacon and never go in there alone. This is the real deal.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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