Backcountry Routes

Popular Colorado Backcountry Skiing Routes

This page lists several areas for good backcountry skiing. Before you head into the backcountry, be sure to check out the page on avalanche safety for backcountry travelers.

Loveland Pass

This page covers all of the backcountry skiing in the Loveland Pass area. This includes Loveland Pass and the ridge line from the pass to Arapahoe Basin which has some of the steepest skiing in Summit County.

Loveland Pass Backcountry


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East Vail

There is a large amount of difficult terrain that is accessible from the backside of the Vail Ski Resort. This page has photos and information for skiers and snowboarders who are heading into the East Vail backcountry. In addition to close lift access to this terrain, you can take the free Vail bus back to the base area after you have completed a run.

East Vail Backcountry


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Vail Pass

Vail Pass is a popular winter recreation area for everyone ranging from skiers and snowboarders to snowmobilers and snowshoers. Us this page to find info for recreationists and travelers going over the pass.

Vail Pass Backcountry


Berthoud Pass

Berthoud Pass can be found on rt. 40 just to the south of the Winter Park ski resort. This is the former site of the Berthoud Pass Ski Area; the chairlifts have been torn down but the great skiing remains.

Berthoud Pass Backcountry


Buffalo Mountain

This mountain is located above the town of Silverthorne and this is part of the Gore Mountain Range. This mountain also contains part of the Eagle’s Nest trail system.

Buffalo Mountain Backcountry


CO Backcountry Skiing Routes