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Minturn Mile

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.5 (6) SKI LINE

A great way to finish a powder day at Vail.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Ski Line

10,571' 3,222 m

High

7,941' 2,420 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

2,630' 802 m

Down

14%

Avg Slope (8°)

34%

Max Slope (19°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Drop a car, or have someone ready to pick you up at the end to shuttle you over to town. It should also be noted that if you're looking to 'earn your turns' you could skin up this exact track.

Description

While only the short top section makes a great descent, this is still a fun way to finish a day at Vail. You'll end up within a short distance of the food and bars in Minturn, and the Saloon is the place to be at the end of the day.

From the end of the Game Creek cat track, instead of turning right and skiing down Lost Boy, hook around, though the boundary gate, and gaze west at a nice bowl and aspen grove below. You could also hike to the top of the knob above you. Pick a line down the bowl - it doesn't matter too much since you'll end in the same drainage no matter what.

Once in the drainage, be careful - conditions can be all over the map, and include dirt, open streams, and a fast icy roller coaster ride. The "mile" is really more like 2.5 miles, and it can be fun... or a terrible, long, muddy hike!

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Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 6 votes

#3

in Vail

#448

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#3

in Vail

#146

in Colorado

#448

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Great finish to the day!
Nov 2, 2014 near Minturn, CO
November on the Mile, believe it or not!
Nov 30, 2015 near Minturn, CO
One hell of a November day on the Minturn Mile
Nov 30, 2015 near Minturn, CO
The top of the Minturn Mile
Nov 30, 2015 near Vail, CO
Elk remains, no more than a couple days old.  Mountain Lion?
Feb 22, 2015 near Minturn, CO

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Feb 24, 2018
Nick Wilder
Nov 30, 2015
Nick Wilder
great time!
Feb 22, 2015
Nick Wilder