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Great Divide

Berthoud Pass

The most obvious route down when looking at the west side from the very top of the pass.

Ski Touring Easy

726 m
0 m
170 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.4 km
High Point
3.6 km
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This is a popular ski touring route which is generally considered to be easy. It's not remote, it features low exposure (e1) and is typically done between November and May. From a low point of 3.4 km to the maximum altitude of 3.6 km, the route covers 726 m, 0 vertical metres of ascent and 170 vertical metres of descent. You'll need skins to complete it safely.


This route follows the opening that boot-packers would take on their way up the standard west side approach to the upper west weather station.



Wide gentle slopes at around 20 degrees or less.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

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.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between November and May

Equipment required

  • Skins

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