Ski Champion on Red Mtn #3

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Activities

Skiing

Skill

Advanced

Season

Winter

Added by

Piper Wolters

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

The skin-up is beautiful and the ski down will make you feel like you're in a ski movie. Hit it on a good day and you'll get face shots and views! 

Park at the location marked on the map. There are two parking lots, one on each side of the road here, so you shouldn't have a problem finding a spot.

Start skinning up County Road 14, for about .5 mile. Once you reach the private cabin Casa Milagrosa, cut off the road to the right, heading towards Red #3. After a little while longer, you will be above treeline and have a great view of the goal. There is usually a skin track already put in place, but if not, go ahead and make a traverse over to the first base of the mountain. Then, skin up the quite steep face, making switchbacks as necessary. The final push is always the hardest, but pass the control tower and go up a little further and you will arrive!

The summit is quite large and flat, and a good place to take a break before making your descent. 

Looking north, you will see your line, called "Champion". There are a couple shoots off to the sides, but the main gully is the legendary shot. Be sure conditions are safe, everyone has avalanche safety gear, and then drop in!

Following this section, you will ski down through a narrow creek bed, and then through the forest for a little while. Pop out down around County Road 31 or County Road 31A. This is the perfect spot to hitchhike back to the car and do another lap or head out!

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Activities

Skiing

Skill

Advanced

Season

Winter

Added by

Piper Wolters

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