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Snowboarding in Vasqueze Ridge, Idaho Springs, Colorado USA

Average Snowfall:
300 in/762 cm
Vertical Drop:
1214 ft/370 m
Base Elevation:
9486 ft/2891 m
Top Elevation:
10700 ft/3261 m
Skiable Area:
680 ac/2.75 km²
Berthoud Pass is located between Idaho Springs and Winter Park and is one of the closest areas in Denver for skiing. It belongs to Boulder County and is just an hour away.

The top of the pass is at 11307 ft/3446 m and has access to a wide array of backcountry stashes. It is one of the earliest snowboard areas in Colorado with an annual snow fall of 300 in/762 cm. Vasquez Ridge is one of the best places for snowboarding. It has a vertical drop of 1214 ft/370 m. Maximum run length is 1.4 mi/2.2 km.

Top elevation is 10700 ft/3261 m and base elevation 9486 ft/2891 m. Level of runs is 10% for beginners, 35% intermediate, 3% advanced, 51% most difficult and 0% experts only.

There is a lift system of 25 lifts, including the Village Cabriolet, seven high speed express quads, six double chairlifts, two high speed six pack lifts, four triplets, one rope tow, three surface lifts and one platter. The lift capacity is 40000 riders/hour. There is snow making in 299 ac/1.21 km² for 26 trails.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Denver
48.6 mi / 78.2 km, 1 hr 19 mins
Take I-224 and connect to C-470, connect to Route 6 in Golden, see Golden directions below to continue into Eldora.
BY CAR FROM Boulder
21.5 mi / 34.6 km, 42 mins
APPROXIMATELY 21 MILES (35 MINUTES). Take Canyon Blvd. West (Canyon Blvd. is Hwy 119). Follow 119 to Nederland. Turn left at the Roundabout. Continue South on 119 for one mile. Turn right on 130 and follow the signs to Eldora.
BY CAR FROM Golden
33.7 mi / 54.2 km, 58 mins
APPROXIMATELY 35 MILES (45 MINUTES). Take Highway 93 North to Highway 72, follow Highway 72, turn right onto Highway 119, turn left on road 130 to Eldora.
BY CAR FROM Fort Collins
75.6 mi / 121 km, 1 hr 44 mins
APPROXIMATELY 70 MILES (90 MINUTES). Take I-25 South, exit onto Highway 119 West/Diagonal Highway to Boulder, exit onto the Diagonal Parkway (Iris Blvd.) exit 240, turn left onto 28th Street to Canyon Blvd, turn right. Follow directions from Boulder.
BY AIR
Denver International Airport,
63.5 mi / 102.2 km
BY TRAIN

Take any Amtrak train from anywhere in Colorado. For fares, tickets and schedules check the website.

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