Guidebook

The Best Backcountry Ski Lines on Berthoud Pass

Score the goods in Colorado's most popular backcountry ski hotspot.

Description

Berthoud Pass between I-70 and the major ski resort of Winter Park was itself once home to a small ski area. Situated right on top of the 11,307-foot mountain pass and rising high into the alpine, the small ski area received 500 inches of snow annually. First opened in 1937, the lifts shut down in 2001, and the entire resort was removed by 2005. (Source)

The lifts and base lodge have all been dismantled and the forest service is seeking to return Berthoud Pass to its natural environment, but the old ski runs still remain. Add in all of the epic above treeline bowls, steep chutes, and rugged cliff bands, and Berthoud Pass’s 500 inches of snow per year now draw in backcountry skiers from up and down Colorado’s Front Range. The area is now one of the most popular backcountry skiing destinations in the state, and maybe even the country.

Just because Berthoud is popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. This area can be very avalanche prone, so don’t relax your guard just because you see other people on the skin track. Make your own avy danger decisions, and ski within your ability and comfort zones.

While the entirety of Berthoud Pass is covered in epic backcountry lines, in this guidebook we’ve included a “best-of” playlist of some of the most iconic lines in the area. For a comprehensive map of Berthoud Pass, check out the "Berthoud Pass, Colorado Backcountry Skiing Map."

Sources:
https://www.elevationoutdoors.com/snowsports/berthoud-survival-guide/
https://rootsrated.com/boulder-co/backcountry-skiing/berthoud-pass-backcountry-skiing
https://boc123.com/berthoudpass/berthoudpass.cfm

Floral Park

Floral Park

Berthoud Pass
1.1 km
3 m
288 m
34 °
W
Tree skiing
Difficult
Private
East Side

East Side

Berthoud Pass
1.0 km
4 m
110 m
19 °
W
Wide open, easy access skiing
Moderate
Private
Rush Chute

Rush Chute

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
106 m
44 °
E
Short, steep and narrow to get the adrenaline pumping.
Severe
Private
Rush 2

Rush 2

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
103 m
36 °
E
Steep cliffs with billy goating or big air potential
Severe
Private
Rush 3

Rush 3

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
3 m
105 m
43 °
E
Steep cliffs with billy goating or big air potential
Severe
Private
The 80's

The 80's

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
72 m
33 °
N
300 feet of cliffs and good pitch
Difficult
Private
The 90's - Outlaw

The 90's - Outlaw

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
143 m
39 °
N
450 feet of fun, consistent pitch with a small rock feature
Difficult
Private
The 90's - Launching Pad

The 90's - Launching Pad

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
86 m
38 °
N
500 feet of consistent pitch with fun cliffs and trees
Difficult
Private
The 90's - 90's

The 90's - 90's

Berthoud Pass
0.3 km
4 m
138 m
37 °
N
450 feet of fun, consistent pitch with a small rock feature
Difficult
Private
The 90's - The Flume

The 90's - The Flume

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
146 m
35 °
N
500 feet of consistent pitch with a fun cliff option
Difficult
Private
The 90's - Vigilante

The 90's - Vigilante

Berthoud Pass
0.3 km
0 m
139 m
41 °
N
450 feet of fun, consistent pitch.
Difficult
Private
Current Creek Bowl

Current Creek Bowl

Berthoud Pass
2.5 km
41 m
384 m
33 °
E
Wide open alpine
Difficult
Private
Current Creek Bench

Current Creek Bench

Berthoud Pass
1.2 km
40 m
146 m
32 °
E
Wide open alpine
Moderate
Private
Southeast Russell

Southeast Russell

Berthoud Pass
0.9 km
0 m
311 m
40 °
SE
A steep face with cliffs and an icefall
Severe
Private
Hell's Half Acre
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Hell's Half Acre

Berthoud Pass
80 m
21 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
No-hike-necessary tree skiing
Moderate
Private