Triple Rock

Berthoud Pass

A classic Berthoud Pass cliff.

Ski Touring Extreme

Distance
157 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
55 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.4 km
High Point
3.5 km
Gradient
30˚
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Triple Rock Map

Description

Hitting Triple Rock is sort of a right of passage for many Berthoud Pass skiers. The cliff can be hit many ways: (1) from the top airing over everything, (2) from the middle on skier's left as two smaller drops, or (3) from just above the middle on skiers right as a single drop. There are other ways to jump off of Triple Rock, but these are the recommended ways.

Be aware that, like many of the cliffs at Berthoud Pass, Triple Rock has a rather flat landing so it's worth waiting for snow conditions to be very favorable. Fortunately, the cliff has a northerly aspect and is surrounded by trees. So, snow generally stays colder and is less easily blown away on Triple Rock.

The top of Triple Rock is only about 200 vertical feet above the parking lot, so skiing here is all about hitting the cliff. If you are not jumping off the cliff, it is advised that you avoid the area so the landing and snow stay in better shape for those who will.

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

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

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins

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