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The Old Pikes Peak Ski Area

Intermediate
 2.8 (4) SKI LINE

Easy low-angle terrain for practicing your turns and avoiding avalanche danger.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Ski Line

11,656' 3,553 m

High

10,859' 3,310 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

797' 243 m

Down

22%

Avg Slope (12°)

28%

Max Slope (15°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

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.

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Chris Dickson

Trail Ratings

  2.8 from 4 votes

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in Pikes Peak

#515

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in Pikes Peak

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Photos

There is some short but fun tree skiing above the old trails.
Mar 28, 2015 near Cascade…, CO
The view of the old resort from the road and parking.
Mar 28, 2015 near Cascade…, CO
An abundance of young saplings make for some exciting slalom-style tree skiing. It won't be long before these trails are completely grown in.
Mar 27, 2015 near Cascade…, CO
Looking up one of the trails.
Mar 27, 2015 near Cascade…, CO
Looking at the old Pikes Peak Ski Area trails from the Pikes Peak Highway.
Mar 27, 2015 near Cascade…, CO
skinning up through the saplings
Apr 14, 2020 near Cascade…, CO

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Apr 19, 2020
Michael Rantis
Skinned up to the top, and after the first descent did a short skin up for a few more turns through the trees. Snow was good in spots. 3mi