Guidebook

12 of the Best Backcountry Lines near Loveland Pass

From easy to expert, Loveland Pass has a backcountry line for almost anyone.

Description

Few places in the United States grant backcountry access as excellent as Loveland Pass. In between Loveland and Arapahoe Basin Ski Areas, a paved road crosses the Continental Divide at 11,990 feet elevation. Broad switchbacks on either side let you ski from roadside to roadside, with no hiking required. Leave a vehicle shuttle or join plenty of others who hitchhike back to the top, and you can run fast laps here all day.

The access is easy, and plenty of lines make good introductions to backcountry skiing. Beginners have to be careful, though, because dangerous terrain still exists close to the road, and the trees are dense in some places. For those with proper experience, a huge amount of higher and steeper backcountry also surrounds the pass and covers every aspect, so you have tons of options. A hike of only 30 minutes will leave the high-traffic areas behind, and an hour-long hike can almost guarantee fresh tracks after a recent snow. Combine that with the possibility of hiking from either of the nearby resorts, and Loveland Pass really has some of the most accessible and diverse backcountry terrain anywhere.

Main Line
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Main Line

Loveland
193 m
29 °
N
0 m
0.7 km
A popular aread from the top of the road to the bottom with no hike required
Moderate
Private
The Saddle
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Saddle

Loveland
332 m
28 °
NE
0 m
1.3 km
Picturesque open valley that is well worth the hike
Moderate
Private
Mine Dumps
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mine Dumps

Loveland
803 m
38 °
E
520 m
4.7 km
Short bootpack to deep backcountry fresh lines
Difficult
Private
Kitchen Wall

Kitchen Wall

Loveland
0 - 1 hrs
0.9 km
11 m
226 m
38 °
E
Steep East Facing Chutes
Severe
Private
The Professor

The Professor

Arapahoe Basin
0 - 1 hrs
0.7 km
0 m
322 m
34 °
SE
A vanity free ride face directly across from Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Difficult
Private
Marjorie Bowl

Marjorie Bowl

Arapahoe Basin
0 - 1 hrs
2.0 km
1 m
573 m
38 °
N
Open bowl just beyond the boundary of Arapahoe Basin
Difficult
Private
Shit for Brains

Shit for Brains

Arapahoe Basin
0 - 1 hrs
0.7 km
0 m
448 m
44 °
W
Iconic Classic Steep Couloir
Extreme
Private
No Name Chutes

No Name Chutes

Arapahoe Basin
0 - 1 hrs
0.4 km
1 m
276 m
42 °
W
Great steep couloir skiing
Severe
Private
The Fleas

The Fleas

Arapahoe Basin
0 - 1 hrs
0.7 km
0 m
297 m
39 °
SW
Short steep chutes off the Lenawee Mountain Ridge
Severe
Private
Trelease Bowl

Trelease Bowl

Loveland
0 - 1 hrs
0.8 km
2 m
214 m
28 °
NE
A popular backcountry touring zone
Moderate
Private
Pat's Knob

Pat's Knob

Loveland
0 - 1 hrs
1.2 km
0 m
436 m
31 °
SE
Quick and easy access to an intermediate backcountry face
Difficult
Private
Sniktau South East Face

Sniktau South East Face

Loveland
0 - 1 hrs
1.6 km
4 m
533 m
42 °
A far out there and hike for extreme steeps
Extreme
Private