Berthoud Pass, Colorado
Awesome backcountry skiing and boarding
Berthoud Pass ski area is now closed. The lifts have been removed
and the base lodge is being removed. What is left are fantastic
runs for the backcountry enthusiasts. Berthoud Pass ski area opened
in 1937 and held a a reputation for premiere backcountry skiing
and snowboarding. The area offers an experience that is comparable
to snowcat and helicopter skiing. Half of the ski area was designated
as advanced or expert. More than 65 trails on 1,200 acres of terrain.
Some runs can be done right off of the pass, but most runs require
some hiking up the mountain. Many runs end up below the pass requiring
a vehicle shuttle back to the pass.
Warning!!! This old ski area does
not have a ski patrol, it does not have avalanche control, it does
attract backcountry skiers, some of whom do not know very much about
avalanches. Please do not ski this area without the proper gear
and knowledge. Do not imitate other skiers, as they may have been
lucky that a slope did not slide, and you may not be so lucky. The BOC offers avalanche
clinics, avalanche level 1 certification and Avalanche Level Two Certification. Please be prepared before you play on Berthoud Pass. If you do not have these skills, let us help you with a Guided Ski or Snowboard day at this fantastic old Ski Area.
The runs rated easy and more difficult are less prone to avalanche
danger than most difficult and can be great for intermediate skiers/boarders.
You can view Berthoud Pass Hourly Weathter Report from the Berthoud pass weather station.
Vertical rise: 1,530 ft.
Terrain: 1,200 skiable acres
Number of trails: 65
Longest run: Skull Bite, .75 miles
difficult - 48%
difficult - 26%
Annual snowfall: 500 inches
Base elevation: 11,307 ft.
Summit elevation: 12,240 ft.
Region: North Central
Location: 65 miles west of Denver on highway 40, before you get
to Winter Park Resort.
We have the old ski trail maps here online. Please see our links
on the right side.
Eric Bader father of skiers pictured above climbs the old Berthoud Ski Area.
Avalanchemapping.org with a great deal of work by Douglas Scott has overlaid the avalanche slide paths for Berthoud Pass and other backcountry areas. This is great reference data to arm you with additional information for this area. It is not complete and is not a subsitute for your backcountry knowledge and skill.
Click here to see the Avalanche Safety Gear that we recommend you own for safer backcountry travel.