Stanley Headwall

Berthoud Pass

A large cirque with a variety of short, steep descent options

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
2.3 km
Ascent
71 m
Descent
365 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.5 km
High Point
3.8 km
Gradient
41˚
Stanley Headwall Map

The Stanley Headwall is rarely skied. For much of the season it is guarded by large cornices at the top. Even if those cornices collape in the spring, the snow can be so rough, due to the southern aspect, that this area is often not worth the effort. However, in the RARE instance that a cornice is not blocking the entrance and the snow conditions are favorable (both avalanche danger and quality), this area can be very fun. Although it is short, it is steep and aesthetic with things to jump off of. Be VERY patient and wait for the right conditions if you have ambitions to ski Stanley Headwall.

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

April, May, December

Features

  • Cliffs

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