“Easy low-angle terrain for practicing your turns and avoiding avalanche danger.”
— Chris Dickson
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
A very easily accessible area right off the Pikes Peak Highway that allows for lots of low-angle skiing. Also, the aspect of this area usually keeps the snow soft long after storms.
From the Pikes Peak Highway, you can see all of the old ski runs and choose to skin up whichever one looks best. In general, the lines on the looker's left side of the resort are steeper. Skin all the way to the top, rip your skins, and pick your way down through the trees back to where you started.
Fun to lap when avalanche danger is high or when you don't have a partner.
History & Background
The Pikes Peak Ski Area was in operation from 1939 to 1984. At one time it featured several ropetows and even a triple chair. However, poor snow conditions and financial issues forced the area to close. Now the clearcut trails are slowly being filled in with saplings.