Montgomery Pass


Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding – Montgomery Pass

An early season backcountry ski tour on moderate terrain.

  • Sat, Nov 26, 2022
  • Northern Colorado
  • Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding
  • Adults
  • Mod B
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 11,400 ft
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Pace: Casual

Meeting place: Picnic Rock parking area off highway 14, about 2.5 miles west of the highway 14 and 287 junction (Ted's Place).

Meeting Time: 7:50 a.m., departure at 8 a.m.

An early season ski tour on moderate terrain in the Cameron Pass area. The trailhead is the Zimmerman parking lot.

Ascent is casually paced (slow), usually on an established track on the Montgomery Pass Trail. The trip high point is the Montgomery 'Bowls' at about 11,400'. The descent is off-trail in treed terrain of less than about 30 degrees. Participants must be able to ski in trees with untracked snow. Approximate ascent and descent routes are shown in:

With an early season snowpack it is required that participants ski slowly and carefully to avoid obstacles such as low snowpack depth, bare areas, deadfall trees, etc. If time and conditions permit, we will do a snow profile with a snowpack stability test. If snowpack conditions are judged inadequate, the ski tour will be rescheduled. 

As this is likely a first backcountry ski tour for many participants, you should contact the trip leader at if you are considering to participate.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Backcountry AT, telemark ski or splitboard gear, including climbing skins. Helmet is recommended. Avalanche rescue gear (beacon, shovel, probe) required. Warm weather clothing, sun and wind protection. Bring lunch or a snack and a drink.

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