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Jan 3, 2013
Anyone have any good suggestions for ski mountaineering routes for people new to the sport but have taken some courses. Looking for suggestions Colorado, washington, northeast... jlr1485
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Jan 4, 2013
Well, it depends what sort of skiing you're looking for. Here are some Colorado resources.

- Lots of information in the forums and trip reports on and
- For steep descents (45 degrees+) see
- Dawson's Guide to the Colorado 14ers describes ski descents from just about every peak
- For routes in the Aspen area see Dawson's Guide to Colorado Backcountry Skiing, Or you could buy the old-fashioned printed version, but it's now a collector's item that goes for a mere $140 on
- And if you think that's bad you could shell out $200 or more for a used copy of Haddad & Faughey's "Front Range Descents"... guess I should try to take better care of my beaten-up copy.
- Newly published:

For routes outside Colorado, Dawson's "Wild Snow" is the ski-mountaineering answer to Steck & Roper's 50 Classic Climbs.

And if you're feeling ambitious you could try to repeat this:
Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Joined Jul 16, 2003
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Jan 4, 2013
How well do you ski - especially in tough conditions, and how solid is your avalanche training? That makes all the difference. Have you spent much time backcountry touring?

A good way to get started is to ski Cascade volcanoes in the late spring/early summer. St Helens is a good starter, and then the South Slopes on Mt Adams. SW Chutes on Adams are also great and a bit steeper. Haven't been down to Shasta yet but that is next on my list.
Andrew Gram
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Joined Jan 1, 2001
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Mar 11, 2013
Well if you want more info than you could imagine check out Lou Dawson's website/blog. Have fun, go crazy... Just Solo
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