Nitro Cliffs

Berthoud Pass

A short, steep face with a big cliff.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
374 m
Ascent
3 m
Descent
125 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.4 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
41˚
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Description

The entrance to Nitro Cliff is a large, eastern aspect convexity that is often wind loaded. Avalanche danger here is significant. Getting caught in an avalanche would mean being taken over a large cliff and through rocks. Make sure you are aware of the weather, avalanche conditions, and your ability before committing to a route like Nitro Cliff. This has a large mandatory air in the neighborhood of 40+ feet. Because this route requires mandatory air, it is recommended that you wait for the snow conditions to be deep AND stable to consider attempting it.

Difficulty

Severe

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

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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