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Date Saturday  6/8/2019
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Sundance Ski Descent
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Raich
Member Price Free
Available Participants 3
Type Trip
Trip Type Ski
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate III
Trail Mileage 3
Elevation Gain 2000
Driving Distance 100


Rocky Mountain National Park
Meeting time: 8 a.m.
Meeting location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center parking lot, RMNP
Leader will assist with carpooling arrangements from Fort Collins.

For more info Contact

John Raich,


From a parking area on Trail Ridge Road a bit more than a mile west of the Forest Canyon Overlook, walk or ski north to the Toll Memorial rocks. You can also get there by parking at the Rock Cut and taking a trail NE. Start down a broad, low angle (15 degrees) snow field with few, if any, obstacles. More serious skiing starts about 300' down as the slope begins to roll over and gets increasingly steeper. Over the next 2,000', the slope transitions from a relaxed 20 degrees to a more serious, consistent grade of 45 degrees, with a few patches of 50 degrees. There are possible obstacles at the bottom of this ski run so it is important to ski under control if you decide to ski all the way down.

You have the option of stopping whenever the slope angle gets too steep for you or snow conditions are not as stable as you would like. Do not ski lower than your capability and comfort zone. Stopping earlier makes for a shorter return. To return to your car at Trail Ridge Road, boot up the steeper lower portions of the slope and skin up the less steep upper portions. You may want to bring an ice ax and maybe crampons too - check with the trip leader prior to the trip.

Map: Trails Illustrated #200

What to bring:
AT, tele skis or spitboard and appropriate boots, poles,
Climbing skins,
Downhill ski gear will work, but you need to be prepared to boot back up in downhill boots.
Winter clothing including wind, sun protection,
Day pack with extra clothing, food, drink,
Helmet is recommended,
Ice ax, boot crampons, or ski crampons may be advised - check with trip leader ahead of time.
Avalanche rescue gear (beacon, shovel, probe)



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.