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Old 03-04-2011   #1
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Rabbit Ears Pass Backcountry

Does anyone have any information on a good place to backcountry ski around Rabbit Ears Pass or Steamboat? I'm heading up there this weekend and want to get some backcountry turn in; however, i've never skiied the area. Please let me know if you have any good spots. Thanks alot.


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Old 03-04-2011   #2
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Steamboat locals are supposedly very jealous about their BC spots but I was shown around by an almost complete stranger and then again in the summer shown some really cool looking routes.

Rabbit ears has little to offer a skier, but things north of town are much more interesting. I was taken into fish creek canyon from the hill, but it was rather complicated with lots of trail branches and some pretty heavy consequences for the wrong turn. Find a local or a good topo.
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Old 03-04-2011   #3
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Buff pass is the way to go
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Old 03-04-2011   #4
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Hahns Peak, Farwell Mnt are both worth a walk. I have skied both. Lots of potential NW of Pearl Lake but access is an issue - both long approach and private property.
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Depending on how you aproach it you have a few options. send me a pm with yout T.I and I might be able to point you in the right direction. If you find the sled lots just ask for a tow, look for skis.

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Old 03-04-2011   #6
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I agree. Haans Peek. There is a great cafe for apre or early breakfast too.
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Old 03-06-2011   #7
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Rabbit ears and Buff pass are overrun with noisy, two stroke machines. If that's alright with you then you might be able to find good snow if it hasn't been chewed up by the sleds or tracked out by towed boarders/skiers. Personally, I'd go elsewhere
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Unfortunately not a good source for either, but cmikes info is a bit off. They both have non motorized areas.

Not that steep but always kind wondered how turns on Mt Baker would be. It is an old ski area that is across from muddy pass by the Walden turn on 40. Looks mostly mellow but pretty fun and never tracked.
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Old 03-07-2011   #9
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Tons of good backcountry around. Stop by the local Forest Service office and they can show you all the areas around with non-motorized access. Also the old Stagecoach Ski Area south of town has some pretty awesome old runs that are really easy to access and nobody really goes there. The stuff on Rabbit Ears is mostly low angle but if your good with a topo there are lots of runs with just a bit of effort. Buffalo Pass is also awesome but the access can be long depending on how far back you go. That being said their are plenty of runs that aren't more than a mile or two up the buffalo pass road. Be careful the pow might be so deep you need a snorkel! Go champagne pow!
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Old 03-07-2011   #10
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Stay up on Rabbit Ears or Buff.... Yeah, that would be good for you to stay up there...
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