10 Little Indians

Berthoud Pass

Short, steep, rocky chutes often guarded by cornices

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
9.8 km
Ascent
1.6 km
Descent
1.6 km
Duration
6-7 hrs
Low Point
3.5 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
46˚
10 Little Indians Map

The 10 Little Indians are rarely skied. For much of the season they are guarded by large cornices at the top. Even if those cornices collapse in the spring, the snow can be so rough - due to the southern aspect - that this area is often not worth the effort. However, in the RARE instance that a cornice is not blocking the entrance and the snow conditions are favorable (both avalanche danger and quality), these can be very fun. Although they are short, these chutes are steep and aesthetic. Be VERY patient and wait for the right conditions if you have ambitions to ski the 10 Little Indians.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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.

Best time to visit

May, December

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