Colorado Powder Ghost Towns  by Peter Bronski

Colorado Powder Ghost Towns Guide Book

by Peter Bronski (Wilderness Press)
Colorado Powder Ghost Towns  by Peter Bronski
In its heyday, Colorado had more than 175 ski areas operating on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains, and while many of those resorts have shut down, their runs still shelter secret stashes of snow. Pristine slopes await backcountry powder hounds out to discover these chutes and steeps, bunny hills and bumps. Chronicling the history of more than 36 of these "lost resorts," Powder Ghost Towns provides the beta for how to ski and board these classic runs today, with comprehensive information on trailheads, where to skin up, and the best descents. Coverage ranges from southern Wyoming's Medicine Bow Mountains to the Colorado-New Mexico border, including famous old resorts like Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Trails from the "Colorado Powder Ghost Towns" Guide Book
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You’ll be setting your own skin track, but once it’s in, you’re good to go. From the summit of Adam Mountain, there are incredible views of the Elk and Gore mountains. The northern slope of the mounta ...
Eagle, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 2.5
Baker Mountain is tons of fun. The approach is easy, the summit is exhilarating with its cliffs off the backside, and the skiing is great. While Rabbit Ears Pass is swarmed with skiers and snowmobiles ...
Kremmling, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 1.6
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If you like getting away from the crowds, this is the place to do it. There are no major towns for a long way in any direction. With the minimal approach, if this area were located anywhere else close ...
Saratoga, WY - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 0.6
Berthoud is super popular among backcountry skiers, and for good reason. It’s accessible, and has tons of terrain. You probably won’t be alone here, but that’s part of the vibe—it’s a social skiing ex ...
Winter Park, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 1.5
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This mountain is great because it’s basically roadside. There’s a supershort approach, and gentle slopes with generally low avalanche danger. However, the gentle slope makes it too low angle to enjoya ...
Leadville, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 0.75
The main run at Coal Bank Pass isn’t steep enough for fresh powder, but it’s good for spring skiing on firm snow. Its low angle and wide-open slopes make it a great place for entry-level backcountry s ...
Durango, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 1.75
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Conquistador is great fun to ski, even though private property at the base complicates the approach and necessitates a skin up and over the mountain to get out at the end of the day. Even so, with goo ...
Westcliffe, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 2.3
Cuchara is a great mountain. There are endless opportunities for runs that are wide open. It supposedly closed in part due to inconsistent snowfall, but in late March we found a deep, consolidated sno ...
Cuchara, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 1.2
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Leave your fat boards at home, take your light gear, and have fun. Expect to see lots of people—hikers, dogs, Nordic skiers, a few backcountry skiers, snowshoers. You can chug uphill for a good aerobi ...
Steamboat Springs, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 2.6
Fern Lake is great for an outing to a spectacular location. It has more of a feel of exploration than of visiting an old ski area. Going there today must feel much like it did when the original CMC me ...
Estes Park, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 4.5
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I had my best skiing of the season here in June 2007. The long approach is brutal, but the skiing is totally worth it. Like St. Mary’s, Geneva Basin has had a tumultuous history of openings, closings, ...
Georgetown, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 7
Hidden Valley is great when there’s high avalanche danger elsewhere. It has a low enough angle that it doesn’t present a lot of risk. The warming hut at the base, and its proximity to the Front Range ...
Estes Park, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 1.8
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Because the old ski area is roadside, and there’s tons of below and above-treeline terrain nearby, you can basically have as big or small a day as you want. It’s super accessible from either side of t ...
Breckenridge, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 2.5
The old Ironton ski area is great because it’s so close to the road and so easy to do laps on. Beyond the ski area itself, the Ironton Park area is surrounded by a tremendous amount of potential ski t ...
Ouray, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 0.6
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There’s tons of terrain within a relatively short distance of the trailhead. The Jones Pass side can be noisy with snowmobiles, but the snow slopes above treeline are worth it. Butler Gulch is a backc ...
Empire, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 2.8
The northeast aspect of the ski area holds powder really well, even when there hasn’t been a fresh snowfall for a while. Though the trailhead was bitterly cold and windy, Libby Creek stayed well-prote ...
Centennial, WY - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 3
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Once you make the easy ascent to Little Annie Basin, doing lap after lap is easy. The main slope is great for farming the powder—start on one side and slowly move across the slope, lap after lap. The ...
Aspen, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 2.5
The scenery is outstanding, the snow is deep, and the descents are fun. It may be hard to believe that with Telluride’s present-day reputation as a ski town, skiing in any major form is a relatively r ...
Telluride, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 1.25
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Marble feels like a mountain town removed from time. The snow slopes above the old Marble ski area are phenomenal. The ski area itself looks like the owners just walked away—the lift towers are still ...
Marble, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 3.6
Marshall Pass is so far from roads and trailheads, there’s a good chance you’ll have a solitary day in the mountains. But it’s also far enough that, if you don’t use a snowmobile or do the trip as an ...
Salida, CO - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 9
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