Bear Tree is a nice blue that is wide open and usually has less people on it than the other trails on the front side, as you have to take a traverse to get here and most people drop in earlier.
This is a great option for the intermediate who wants to go to the base area but wants to avoid the blacks Giant Steps or International, or anyone that wants a fun and open blue with a nice middle of the road pitch.
It can get crowded at end of day.
Named after an aspen tree at its edge, which bore the black, curved lines of bear claws, indicating a spot where a mother bear taught her cub to climb.
This particular tree was cut down by mistake during the late 1970's, but sections of its trunk were rescued and placed in the Colorado Ski Museum in Vail.