The Tenmile Range and surrounding locales in Summit County, Colorado have stellar backcountry skiing with deep, bone-dry powder awaiting those who venture here.
Dedicated backcountry travelers can ski nearly all of the peaks of the Tenmile Range, a range that begins with Peak One next to Frisco, and stretches due south for 10 miles to its terminus at Quandary Peak.
Two popular backcountry areas include Peak Six and Peak Five (both accessible via access gates at the [R77R, Breckenridge Ski Resort]).
Bald Mountain, just minutes from Breckenridge, is a good location for beginner backcountry skiers to cut their teeth on low-angle, west-facing aspects, while the more advanced can tour the north and east slopes of the mountain where powder can stay fresh for days after a storm.
Quandary Peak (summit elevation of 14,265 feet) offers skiers the chance to summit and ski a Colorado 14er with routes off its south, east and north flanks. Springtime is one of the best times to ski Quandary’s south-facing chutes off the summit when the snowpack solidifies and the snow turns to corn on warm days.
Peak 10’s Fourth of July Bowl, another classic Summit County target, holds snow deep into the summer months, and many do ski it every Independence Day.
From Denver, drive 72 mile westbound on I-70, then nine miles south on Highway 9 to Breckenridge.
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- Wasatch Range, Utah
- Glacier National Park, Montana
- Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho
- Teton Pass, Wyoming
- Mount Greylock, Western Massachusetts
- Bolton Valley Backcountry, Northern Vermont
- Cardigan Ski Reservation, Western New Hampshire