Gaffney's

Berthoud Pass

An icon of Berthoud Pass

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
236 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
109 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.5 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
39˚
Gaffney's Map

When looking at the west side from the parking lot, one of the most prominent and noticable features is a large cliff feature called Gaffney's (named after the legendary skier brothers). Along with Triple Rock, Gaffney's is a sort of a right of passage amongst Berthoud Pass cliff jumpers. This cliff feature sits on a rib between Rush Chute and Lift Gulley, and is above and to skier's left of Shelf Rock.

Description

There are several ways one can approach Gaffney's. All of them involve a significant amount of air. Depending on the location and speed with which you jump, you can expect anywhere from 20-60 feet of air.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins

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