Berthoud Pass ski area is now closed. The lifts have been removed and the base lodge is being removed. What is left are fantastic runs for the backcountry enthusiasts. Berthoud Pass ski area opened in 1937 and held a a reputation for premiere backcountry skiing and snowboarding. The area offers an experience that is comparable to snowcat and helicopter skiing. Half of the ski area was designated as advanced or expert. More than 65 trails on 1,200 acres of terrain. Some runs can be done right off of the pass, but most runs require some hiking up the mountain. Many runs end up below the pass requiring a vehicle shuttle back to the pass.
WARNING!!! This old ski area does not have a ski patrol, it does not have avalanche control, it does attract backcountry skiers, some of whom do not know very much about avalanches. Please do not ski this area without the proper gear and knowledge. Do not imitate other skiers, as they may have been lucky that a slope did not slide, and you may not be so lucky. The BOC offers avalanche clinics and avalanche level 1 certification. Please be prepared before you play on Berthoud Pass.
The runs rated easy and more difficult are less prone to avalanche danger than most difficult and can be great for intermediate skiers/boarders.
65 miles west of Denver on highway 40, before you get to Winter Park Resort.