Guidebook

Berthoud Pass, Colorado Backcountry Skiing Map

A comprehensive map of all the backcountry ski lines on Berthoud Pass.

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.

This guidebook functions as a comprehensive map of essentially all of the backcountry ski lines on Berthoud Pass. If you’re looking for a shorter list of recommendations to narrow your search, check out “The Best Backcountry Ski Lines on Berthoud Pass” guidebook instead.

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

Colorado Mines Peak

Colorado Mines Peak

Berthoud Pass
0.0 km
0 m
0 m
0 °
W
Long, easy access alpine.
Moderate
Private
Floral Park

Floral Park

Berthoud Pass
1.1 km
3 m
288 m
34 °
W
Tree skiing
Difficult
Private
Jim's Glade

Jim's Glade

Berthoud Pass
0.5 km
0 m
166 m
34 °
W
Some tight 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
High Trail Trees

High Trail Trees

Berthoud Pass
0.5 km
18 m
168 m
33 °
NW
NW facing tree skiing with good pitch
Difficult
Private
Shop Chutes

Shop Chutes

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
112 m
23 °
N
North facing tree skiing
Difficult
Private
Hanging Meadow

Hanging Meadow

Berthoud Pass
0.5 km
11 m
182 m
37 °
NW
North-west facing tree skiing with good pitch
Difficult
Private
Sentinel

Sentinel

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
191 m
39 °
NW
A NW facing tree chute
Difficult
Private
North Chute

North Chute

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
192 m
42 °
NW
A NW facing tree chute
Difficult
Private
High Trail Cliffs

High Trail Cliffs

Berthoud Pass
0.7 km
18 m
210 m
48 °
NW
A large, steep opening in the trees with multiple rock outcroppings
Severe
Private
Stanley Slide Path

Stanley Slide Path

Berthoud Pass
1.7 km
0 m
829 m
40 °
S
A long run down a slide-path
Difficult
Private
Stanley East Face

Stanley East Face

Berthoud Pass
1.1 km
0 m
447 m
41 °
E
An alpine face with good pitch
Difficult
Private
Stanley Headwall

Stanley Headwall

Berthoud Pass
2.3 km
72 m
365 m
41 °
E
A large cirque with a variety of short, steep descent options
Severe
Private
No Name Bench

No Name Bench

Berthoud Pass
1.4 km
4 m
349 m
26 °
NE
Skiing from the eastern ridge of No Name
Difficult
Private
No Name

No Name

Berthoud Pass
1.6 km
0 m
372 m
40 °
E
An aesthetic eastern aspect alpine line
Difficult
Private
No Name Cirque

No Name Cirque

Berthoud Pass
0.6 km
21 m
11 m
7 °
E
A steep alpine cirque with small cliffs
Severe
Private
Oatmeal Bowl

Oatmeal Bowl

Berthoud Pass
0.8 km
0 m
216 m
30 °
S
A south facing alpine bowl
Difficult
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
Approach Route to Upper West Wether Station

Approach Route to Upper West Wether Station

Berthoud Pass
2.0 km
304 m
13 m
22 °
E
The standard approach for anything on the west side.
Easy
Private
North Chute 1

North Chute 1

Berthoud Pass
0.6 km
4 m
177 m
38 °
N
The most popular Berthoud Pass alpine line
Difficult
Private
North Chute 2

North Chute 2

Berthoud Pass
0.3 km
0 m
134 m
44 °
N
Slightly steeper and narrower than North Chute 1
Difficult
Private
North Chute 3

North Chute 3

Berthoud Pass
0.3 km
1 m
139 m
41 °
NE
The narrowest of the North Chutes
Difficult
Private
Current Creek Bench

Current Creek Bench

Berthoud Pass
1.2 km
40 m
146 m
32 °
E
Wide open alpine
Moderate
Private
The Halfpipe

The Halfpipe

Berthoud Pass
0.5 km
0 m
130 m
25 °
SE
One of the easiest ways down from Hidden Knoll
Moderate
Private
Hidden Knoll South Chutes

Hidden Knoll South Chutes

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
150 m
34 °
S
Short, south facing pitches
Difficult
Private
Cactus Rock

Cactus Rock

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
63 m
35 °
E
A variety of small cliffs
Difficult
Private
The Morgue

The Morgue

Berthoud Pass
0.1 km
0 m
64 m
35 °
E
Steep line with cliffs.
Severe
Private
Swiss Horn

Swiss Horn

Berthoud Pass
0.9 km
130 m
192 m
34 °
NE
A variety of cliffs and pillows in the trees
Difficult
Private
Hidden Knob

Hidden Knob

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
137 m
30 °
N
A low-angle, wide chute
Moderate
Private
Y Chute Right

Y Chute Right

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
112 m
40 °
NE
A steep, rocky pitch off Hidden Knoll
Difficult
Private
Y Chute

Y Chute

Berthoud Pass
0.3 km
0 m
150 m
37 °
NE
The skier's right rock chute off Hidden Knoll
Difficult
Private
Z Chute

Z Chute

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
187 m
40 °
NE
The center rock chute off Hidden Knoll
Difficult
Private
X Chute

X Chute

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
170 m
38 °
NE
Rock chute off of Hidden Knoll
Difficult
Private
X Chute Left

X Chute Left

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
125 m
32 °
NE
The mellowest Route through the XYZ area
Difficult
Private
Moonlight Bowl

Moonlight Bowl

Berthoud Pass
0.6 km
0 m
208 m
34 °
NE
A north facing alpine bowl
Moderate
Private
Bobsled

Bobsled

Berthoud Pass
0.9 km
0 m
108 m
20 °
E
The route in or out of Current Creek
Easy
Private
Skull Bite

Skull Bite

Berthoud Pass
0.6 km
0 m
175 m
37 °
N
A rocky, north aspect chute
Difficult
Private
The Meadows

The Meadows

Berthoud Pass
0.0 km
0 m
0 m
0 °
N
Gentle Terrain to access the 80's, 90's, Hourglass Cliffs, Nelson's and Sam's
Easy
Private
Sam's

Sam's

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
77 m
36 °
N
A wind scoured shot through trees
Difficult
Private
Nelson's

Nelson's

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
94 m
33 °
N
Wind scoured shot through trees
Difficult
Private
Hourglass Cliffs - Weibel's Wobble

Hourglass Cliffs - Weibel's Wobble

Berthoud Pass
0.1 km
1 m
42 m
29 °
N
A tree-d slope into a rocky outcropping
Difficult
Private
Hourglass Cliffs - Hourglass

Hourglass Cliffs - Hourglass

Berthoud Pass
0.1 km
0 m
57 m
36 °
NE
A rock Chute
Difficult
Private
Hourglass Cliffs - Lobster Trap

Hourglass Cliffs - Lobster Trap

Berthoud Pass
0.1 km
0 m
83 m
41 °
N
Rocky Chute
Difficult
Private
Hourglass Cliffs - 100's

Hourglass Cliffs - 100's

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
172 m
40 °
N
Rocky Chute
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 - 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 - 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 - Vigilante

The 90's - Vigilante

Berthoud Pass
0.3 km
0 m
139 m
41 °
N
450 feet of fun, consistent pitch.
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
Rock Garden

Rock Garden

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
0 m
139 m
32 °
N
Small features and fun terrain
Difficult
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
Aqueduct Trail

Aqueduct Trail

Berthoud Pass
0.7 km
27 m
28 m
20 °
NE
Access to north aspect lines in the Current Creek drainage
Easy
Private
Great Divide

Great Divide

Berthoud Pass
0.7 km
0 m
170 m
26 °
E
The most obvious route down when looking at the west side from the very top of the pass.
Easy
Private
The Roll

The Roll

Berthoud Pass
0.8 km
0 m
180 m
33 °
E
A great scouting route with the potential for deep turns.
Difficult
Private
Nitro Chute

Nitro Chute

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
104 m
44 °
E
A highly featured west side route.
Difficult
Private
Nitro Cliffs

Nitro Cliffs

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
3 m
125 m
43 °
E
A short, steep face with a big cliff.
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
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 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
Gaffney's

Gaffney's

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
109 m
39 °
E
An icon of Berthoud Pass
Severe
Private
Lift Gully

Lift Gully

Berthoud Pass
0.4 km
4 m
120 m
37 °
E
A classic Berthoud Pass route.
Difficult
Private
The Plunge

The Plunge

Berthoud Pass
0.3 km
4 m
113 m
36 °
E
350 vertical feet of consistent, fun pitch.
Difficult
Private
Skier's Left of Triple Rock

Skier's Left of Triple Rock

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
94 m
39 °
N
Short and steeper tree skiing.
Difficult
Private
Triple Rock

Triple Rock

Berthoud Pass
0.2 km
0 m
55 m
30 °
N
A classic Berthoud Pass cliff.
Extreme
Private
Current Creek Bowl

Current Creek Bowl

Berthoud Pass
2.5 km
41 m
384 m
33 °
E
Wide open alpine
Difficult
Private
10 Little Indians

10 Little Indians

Berthoud Pass
1.4 km
0 m
225 m
36 °
S
Short, steep, rocky chutes often guarded by cornices
Severe
Private
Postage Stamp

Postage Stamp

Berthoud Pass
1.6 km
15 m
335 m
35 °
S
A southerly alpine line
Difficult
Private
Upper 110's

Upper 110's

Berthoud Pass
1.3 km
1 m
275 m
26 °
S
Glade skiing
Moderate
Private
Perfect Trees/Tea Cup Bowl

Perfect Trees/Tea Cup Bowl

Berthoud Pass
1.0 km
1 m
271 m
30 °
S
Tree skiing in a small bowl
Difficult
Private
Middle 110's

Middle 110's

Berthoud Pass
1.1 km
0 m
246 m
25 °
S
Mellow Glade Skiing
Moderate
Private
Lower 110's

Lower 110's

Berthoud Pass
0.9 km
0 m
213 m
28 °
SE
Glades with some cliffs
Difficult
Private
Hell's Half Acre
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hell's Half Acre

Berthoud Pass
80 m
21 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
No-hike-necessary tree skiing
Moderate
Private
Telegraph
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Telegraph

Berthoud Pass
192 m
22 °
S
0 m
0.8 km
A low-angle cut through the trees
Moderate
Private
Hoop Creek
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hoop Creek

Berthoud Pass
177 m
22 °
S
1 m
0.8 km
No-hike-necessary tree skiing
Moderate
Private
Pumphouse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pumphouse

Berthoud Pass
608 m
30 °
S
406 m
3.2 km
Some south facing glades
Difficult
Private
Wyskis
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Wyskis

Berthoud Pass
130 m
18 °
SE
0 m
0.6 km
Mellow tree skiing.
Moderate
Private
Great Divide West

Great Divide West

Berthoud Pass
100 m
17 °
E
0 m
0.4 km
Following the skin track back down.
Easy
Private