The Plunge

Berthoud Pass

350 vertical feet of consistent, fun pitch.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
323 m
Ascent
4 m
Descent
113 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.4 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
35˚
The Plunge Map

The Plunge has an eastern aspect with consistent pitch and a few terrain features to play on. Midway down on the skier's left side of The Plunge there is a group of trees. Just below those trees is Hollywood Rock, a 10-15 foot cliff that can be fun in the right conditions.

Description

Because it is an eastern aspect, the wind often loads this route very well. Powder conditions are regularly seen on this route by late November. Although it sees a lot of skier traffic, one should still be aware of the increased avalanche risk that is posed by the wind loading of this route.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, November, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins

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