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Horseshoe Mtn SE Slopes

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (1) SKI LINE

An enjoyable lower-angle alternative to Boudoir Couloir.


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3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

Ski Line

13,902' 4,237 m

High

11,327' 3,452 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

2,575' 785 m

Down

15%

Avg Slope (9°)

67%

Max Slope (34°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
CR18 isn't plowed past ~10,900ft in the winter (1.5mi below start).

Overview

II D5 R1
The approach has great views of Horseshoe Mountain's cirque, and the descent makes for some fun carving. Most of the route is in the low 30's, with a max angle of 38 degrees at the bottom.

Need to Know

The plateau and choke are terrain traps, so be careful of the north-facing chutes surrounding them.

The approach and descent go through private land. Stay on the road, and be wary.

Description

Either the route listed here or Horseshoe Mountain East Slopes can be taken as an approach. Aim slightly left of the cirque either way, ending up on a plateau just below the line. Ascend the steepest portion at the choke, then angle right up the open slopes under the cornice. Top out by the wooden structure on the ridge, then make a quick jaunt to the summit. Depending on conditions you could hop the cornice.

History & Background

Lots of mining activity. You'll start near the Leavick ruins, follow old mining roads, and encounter several old wood buildings on the way.

Shared By:

Thomas Beatty

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  4.0 from 1 vote

#2

in Leadville

#422

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#2

in Leadville

#154

in Colorado

#422

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Photos

The gang after skiing down the upper portion of the line.
Apr 15, 2021 near Leadville, CO
Ben looking back down at Alexis and Michael, booting their way just up past the choke.
Apr 15, 2021 near Leadville, CO
The summit is just past this old wooden building.
Apr 15, 2021 near Leadville, CO
Horseshoe's cirque is off to the right. The choke is just off-center in the photo, between the patches of rocks.
Apr 15, 2021 near Leadville, CO

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