The Bowl (a.k.a. Big Blue)
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -986' -301 m
High: 12,749' 3,886 m
Low: 11,763' 3,585 m
GradeAvg Slope: 37% (20°)
Max Slope: 45% (24°)
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“A huge bowl with great spring skiing that is easily lapped by hitchhiking.”— Chris Dickson
One of the best (and worst) parts about this line is the fact that it can be accessed via the road. On one hand, there are plenty of huge trucks from Texas and Kansas to give you a ride back to the top. On the other hand, there are also a lot of people who really have no business being "in the backcountry" that end up skiing this line. This gives the area much more of a sidecountry feel than the steep skiing in the couloirs of the proper Glen Cove cirque.
From the top switchback (or parking at Devil's Playground), descend into the bowl and then shred any number of lines to the bottom! The tree ridge on skier's left makes for some great drops and tight lines, while the gully on the skier's right-side of the bowl simulates tight couloir skiing.
Enjoy and hit it before everyone else does in order to get the best turns!
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Land Manager: USFS - Pike & San Isabel National Forests Office