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Paiute Peak South Slopes

Easy/Intermediate
 5.0 (1) SKI LINE

The fun alternative line to Curvaceous Couloir, usually used when the snow starts to become too slushy.


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0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Ski Line

12,905' 3,933 m

High

12,027' 3,666 m

Low

148' 45 m

Up

878' 268 m

Down

29%

Avg Slope (16°)

62%

Max Slope (32°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

II D4 R1
This is not a summit ski, although the summit block for Paiute Peak is not far off. The very top and very bottom are the steepest parts. According to CalTopo and our own observations, the steepest angle is closer to 40 degrees, but I trust most sources that say this only hits about 35 degrees.

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Copied from Front Range SkiMo:

"The South Slope is commonly used as a climb to access the South Ridge of Paiute Peak, and often as a bail out for skiers and mountaineers who got here too late and then the Curvaceous Couloir and Southeast Face turned into a Slurpee death trap. This is a fun ski line in its own right and the views from here are great. From Little Blue Lake, head southwest and around the rock rib that separates the Curvaceous from the Southeast Face, continue west past the Curvaceous Couloir to a flat bench at the bottom of the slope."

I brought a newbie to skiing when I was here, and he had a great time on this one. He got to practice bootpacking (although not strictly necessary if you want a super steep skintrack). This holds great corn in the morning, descend closer to 10:30 to get optimal snow.

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Thomas Beatty

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Photos

Whit topping out the bootpack with Mt. Toll in the back. Awesome view!
Apr 5, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Whit with Audubon in the background. This photo more accurately shows the angle of the slope, but it's still steeper than it looks.
Apr 5, 2021 near Nederland, CO
The line is in the center of the photo, right next to the rock rib. We had to cross rocks to get here, but I bet anyone with better routefinding skills could find their way entirely on snow.
Apr 5, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Alexis following the bootpack up the moderate angle slope.
Apr 5, 2021 near Nederland, CO
The line is in the center of the photo, next to the rock rib.
Apr 5, 2021 near Nederland, CO

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