Originally Posted by allgood
I am a newbie to backcountry skiing and I am looking for any info on Berthoud Pass. I wanted to find out any recommendations on where to ski or if there are any hazards to watch out for. I do not have any avalance safety gear and I am planning on hiking a few of the old ski runs this Sat or Sun. Any info would be appreciated.
First off get the avy gear and read a book on avalanche safety. If you can't do these two little things than you just don't belong out there. Patroller Supply
has good deals on avy gear. Bruce Trempers book staying alive is an easy read and should give you some basic knowledge.
Second, assuming you are going to somewhat ingnore the first, if you do go to Berthoud, stay in the old ski area. Most of the runs there have seen lots of skier compaction and are pretty safe.
Once you get the gear, try to take an avy course or at least hook up with some people up there that know what they are doing. It is real easy to drive up and meet people at the pass to hang with.
The BC is fun, but it has it's hazards that you need to learn to avoid.