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A large bowl off Huntsman Ridge Approach that includes almost all aspects.


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0.7

Miles

1.1

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Ski Line

9,908' 3,020 m

High

8,792' 2,680 m

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Up

1,115' 340 m

Down

31%

Avg Slope (17°)

44%

Max Slope (24°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

This is a large bowl that has both open glades, trees, and includes all aspects. A great place for skiing laps.

Description

Use the Huntsman Ridge Approach off McClure Pass. Once you reach the top of the bowl, choose as many lines as you please, you'll have options to ski on almost all aspects, which is great for early or late season turns.

Please note that the Bears Gulch Gulley is a major terrain trap that is almost unavoidable in this zone. You'll need to be mindful of where you're ending your laps and end them short of this gulley.

Also remember that you'll have to climb back up the bowl - do not descend all the way down or you'll be in the Bears Gulch Gulley.

The Konsella's "Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes" guidebook is probably the best resource for this area.

There is also good intel at Backcountry Recon: backcountryrecon.com/colora…

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Jake Albright

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Looking down the lower portions of the Riley Bowl in early season conditions.
Nov 28, 2023 near Carbondale, CO
Looking at the Riley Trees from about halfway down the bowl.
Nov 28, 2023 near Carbondale, CO
Looking across the top of the Riley Bowl.
Nov 28, 2023 near Carbondale, CO
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