The weekend before last Rick, Brian and I made the short drive up to Berthoud Pass after a series of spring storms dumped 20+ inches in the Front Range with minimal wind complications. What we found was some of the best skiing any of us had enjoyed all season – light, fluffy, non-wind affected spring pow. Every once in awhile that near-perfect combination of factors come into line and when they do, there’s quite simply no place I’d rather be than Berthoud Pass. This was one of those days.
We began the day by heading west from the top of the pass up the ridge to the top of North Chute. Slopes that had been bone dry all winter were finally plastered with snow, making for an efficient skin up towards the top of our first run of the day.
From the bottom of North Chute, we booted up the slope and traversed over to the top of the XYZ Chutes, which looked to be just as good and also untracked.
After two great runs in the XYZ area we skied down through the trees, crossed Current Creek, and headed up the 110s towards the top of Postage Stamp. Some weather rolled through and kept things cool for the skin.
We took a brief respite in the Broom Hut and enjoyed a cinnamon roll courtesy of some generous hosts.
A fun run down into First Creek had us looking up at another untouched slope, so we decided one last skin was in the cards for the day.
An entertaining ski out of First Creek had us back to the road, where we promptly hitched a ride back up to the top of the pass and our vehicle. The most unbelievable part of the day – the lady who randomly picked us up happened to be Rick’s blind date he had set up for later that night. It’s a small world sometimes.
A fun day out there guys. Looking forward to whatever’s next…