The Fleas

Arapahoe Basin

Short steep chutes off the Lenawee Mountain Ridge

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
678 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
297 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.5 km
High Point
3.8 km
Gradient
39˚
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The Fleas Map

Description

You can access these chutes via the Lenawee Mountain Hike. This zone usually does not ski well until late season because it gets so much sun exposure. However, the terrain is some of the easiest access backcountry terrain off Loveland Pass. You can follow the route up the ridge and drop in many different locations. It is preferred to drop skier's left the first time and ski out to the bottom to scout the rest of the chutes. There are many options here and due to the SW exposure, you must ski these lines early in the day. If you decide to ski these lines multiple times, you should be able to set a skin track between The Fleas and Shit for Brains in the gully. These lines would combine well with Shit for Brains and the No Name chutes. When you decide to ski out, follow the mapped route and make your way through the trees. You can also access the ski area as well if you would like.

Difficulty

Severe

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

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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