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“Climb to the Old Geneva Basin Ski Area and Ski Patrol Hut”
— Chris Wilson
Winter Rd Closure for Guanella Pass Rd. There is a forest service gate usually closed in the winter. However it's sometimes open for access to some private cabins. There is also a gate to the old parking lot which is usually closed.
A long, gradual climb to an old abandoned ski area, Geneva Basin. The Guanella Pass Rd 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. There can be snowmobiles on the route as well. The old ski patrol hut is a great spot to spend the night or have a snack/lunch. 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 of slopes that slide that have killed people in the past. Also the ski patrol shack is said to be haunted!