Postage Stamp

Berthoud Pass

A southerly alpine line

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
1.6 km
Ascent
14 m
Descent
335 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.4 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
32˚
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Description

Postage Stamp sits on the prominence that separates the Current Creek drainage from the Second Creek drainage. This route has a SSE aspect in the alpine so it is greatly affected by the sun and the wind and as such, avalanches are very common here. There are parts of Postage Stamp that reach roughly 45 degrees in pitch, but much of it is in the prime avalanche pitch of mid-to-upper-30's. When conditions are right, this run can be beautiful and a lot of fun...but conditions have to be right to avoid sun crusts and avalanche danger.

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.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

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