Southeast Russell

Berthoud Pass

A steep face with cliffs and an icefall

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
889 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
311 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.4 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
39˚
Southeast Russell Map

Southeast Russell is one of the most intense lines at Berthoud Pass. As the name implies, the face has a SE aspect. Due to this, Southeast Russell's is rarely in good avalanche/snow conditions but when the face is in proper conditions it is a LOT of fun.

Description

There are several ways to navigate the face. There are several routes through that require no cliffs, but many of the more fun lines require jumping cliffs, an ice fall, or skiing through technical terrain.

If you are considering skiing Southeast Russell make sure you are patient. It is not uncommon for Southeast Russell to not come into proper condition for an entire season.

Difficulty

Severe

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

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

Features

  • Cliffs

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