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Climb to the old Geneva Basin Ski Area and Ski Patrol Hut.


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5.5

Miles

8.9

KM

Ascent

11,699' 3,566 m

High

9,744' 2,970 m

Low

1,993' 607 m

Up

38' 12 m

Down

7%

Avg Slope (4°)

20%

Max Slope (11°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Winter closure for Guanella Pass Road: there is a Forest Service gate that is usually closed in the winter.

Description

A long, gradual climb to an old abandoned ski area, Geneva Basin. The Guanella Pass Rd (closed to traffic in winter, but there may be snowmobiles) is paved so it can melt out on low snow years and sunny days. The climb can be long but its usually relatively quiet for the Front Range. This route takes the road the whole way for extra mileage. The climb tops out at the old ski patrol hut (maintained by volunteers).

There are chairs, table, beds and old paraphernalia in the hut. On nice days there is a nice deck to sit outside and take in the view. The hut is a great spot to spend the night or have a snack/lunch. However, the ski patrol shack is said to be haunted!

From the hut there are a lot of great skiing options. Be careful going north from the hut toward Square Top Mountain; there are a lot of slopes that slide and have killed people in the past.

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Chris Wilson

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At the base of the old resort in March.
Mar 6, 2023 near Georgetown, CO
Climbing towards the old ski patrol cabin.
Dec 14, 2020 near Georgetown, CO
Kristin approaching the Ski Patrol Hut near the top of Geneva Basin Ski Area 2/1/2020.
Feb 5, 2020 near Georgetown, CO
Skinning to the hut.
Mar 6, 2023 near Georgetown, CO
Geneva Basin Ski Patrol Hut
Mar 28, 2018 near Georgetown, CO

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