Backcountry Skiing Meadow Mountain

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Meadow Mountain Overview

When we published the first edition of Light Tours in 2017, I had mixed feelings about the concept: a selection of low-angled, avalanche-safe routes. I wondered how it might be received. Considering what I saw in ski movies and social media, did everyone ski nothing but avalanche slopes? Not so. As it turned out, an increasing number of muscle-powered skiers have little interest in confronting high-consequence avalanche terrain, or for that matter the sheer faces of big mountains. Consequently, we present the second edition of this guidebook—again focusing on the mellow side of ski touring, which we define as routes with enough pitch for making turns, but generally of low enough angle to obviate most avalanche danger. It’s important to point out here, though, that just about any skiable slope can slide, given the right conditions. In other words, the routes we’ve detailed may reduce your exposure, but they do not eliminate it. Our second-edition improvements are many. We’ve doubled the number of routes and removed the resort uphills that proved difficult to detail because of closures or ever-shifting resort policies. Furthermore, we improved our formatting: it’s simpler—just the information you need. As for the proverbial “how to use this book,” a few tips for those of you new to the game: Find the perfect log, sit down, and eat a leisurely lunch; take your kids along; convince a partner to try something new; concentrate on the exercise and fresh air (not the adrenaline); be proud you’ve chosen a sustainable style of ski touring you can enjoy for decades.

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Meadow Mountain
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General Aspect
Meadow Mountain is a traditional destination enjoyed by everyone from dog walkers to snowmobilers, with a few sledders and skiers thrown in for good measure. You’ll find quite a bit of lower-angled terrain here, though due to the exposure and vegetation, you’ll need reasonable snow cover for acceptable skiing. Thus, your best months for this tour are probably January through March. Of historical interest, one of Colorado’s earlier ski resorts existed here and ceased operation in 1970 as Vail began its rise to dominance. A special note: Prolific backcountry skier Gary Smith, who snapped our photo of Meadow Mountain, died in an avalanche in 2021 in the backcountry adjacent to Beaver Creek Resort. We thank him for the enthusiasm he brought to our sport, and offer condolences to his friends and family.
  • Meadow Mountain Approach
  • Line Shack
  • Your Backtrail
  • Alternate Aspects
  • Meadow Mountain Exit