Backcountry Skiing in Winter Park

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Backcountry Skiing

Berthoud Pass. South of Winter Park, Berthoud Pass is a hard place to define. At the top of the pass there is a former downhill skiing area—its lifts have been removed—that is popular with some backcountry skiers. There's no regular avalanche control on these former runs. Skiers and snowboarders venturing in must have their own rescue equipment, including beacons, shovels, and probes. Backcountry skiing on the slopes from the former ski area or anywhere else on Berthoud Pass is only for very experienced, well-conditioned, and properly prepared skiers and riders. You must check current avalanche conditions before starting out, although that's no guarantee. In addition to skiing the slopes of the former ski areas, many people pull into parking areas elsewhere alongside the highway over Berthoud Pass and go crosscountry or backcountry skiing. At many spots along the highway you'll see signs warning of avalanche blasting at any time with longe-range weaponry. (This blasting is done to help prevent avalanches from covering the highway.) U.S. 40, Winter Park, CO, 80482. www.berthoudpass.com.

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