Berthoud Pass, where skiing began in Colorado. 11,307’ base elevation. 2 chair lifts and a shuttle bus. Open from 1935 to 2001.
Rating this ski hill as a “Ghost/Historic” mountain requires you to consider it while it was open and operational.
If you’ve been there since it closed, rate it under “Backcounty Areas”.
Empire City/Berthoud Falls, CO, USA
Still easy access, just thumb a ride back to the top of the pass..or if it’s your birthday ask for shuttle rides back to the top for your birthday present.
January 21, 2010 @ 10:05 PM
Rated by nosun4me
Berthoud Pass was The Original Colorado ski area, the first tracks skied there was in 1910 and Berthoud had the first lift served skiing in the state (1935’s…
January 10, 2010 @ 6:47 AM
Rated by NyAxter
When Berthoud Pass was open it was my favorite place to ski in Colorado. Inexpensive lift tickets, great bar and restaurant and the wildest terrain you can …
November 18, 2009 @ 2:39 AM
Rated by PowderOyabun
I prefer it closed (and all ski areas for that matter). I’m a back country skier at heart. This is a great ski hill without the old lifts running!
November 18, 2009 @ 6:06 AM
Rated by heem
I said “no” they shouldn’t open Berthoud Pass Ski Area again because they don’t need to. This place is packed with skiers all the time anyway. A snowcat wo…
March 10, 2010 @ 1:30 AM
Rated by PowderBluebird
Hey man I want to rate Berthoud Pass! It’s the best skia area anywhere!
Back in the day when I lived in Summit County for 1 winter I heard of this magical place known as Berthoud Pass. People would rave about this place as if it were the promised land. Unfortunately I didn’t take advantage of it while it was around.
I had the luck of living in Winter Park during the area’s last revival – I think it was from 1998-2002 or so. What an amazing ride! The terrain was (is) very challenging, and because the ski area encompassed land on both sides of Berthoud Pass there were always great conditions somewhere on the mountain – usually all over. The staff was fantastic, the funky lodge was fun, the food was good, and the other skiers and riders were usually super cool (who couldn’t have a huge smile on their face at Berthoud?)! My favorite run was Skull Bite. People still ski here all the time – sometimes more folks then when it was open. I went in January 2010 and it is still epic. This area will never die.
Berthod Pass was a day off for some of my friends,at least once a week, for many years, freddy’s launch pad
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