Commodore Basin skiing

Commodore Basin skiing

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Commodore Basin is a valley in Ouray County Colorado. It is a popular back country ski destination. This basin is easily accessed by a short skin up from Red Mountain Pass. The trail starts on the west side of the road, and typically after skinning up several hundred feet on south/south-east facing slopes, it drops down to the north/north-east and joins the Million Dollar Highway = Hwy 550 a couple of miles below Red Mountain Pass. You can either have 2 cars (one at each end), or hitch hike to the top of the pass. This run is easy to lap (I did two laps and did not leave my house till 11:30).

I would like to eventually create an area page for Red Mountain Pass skiing. Meanwhile will try to gather more information. I have skied several times McMillan Peak, Red Mountain, many times just stayed in the trees below. Anvil Mountain which is south of the Red Mountain Pass is a great ski tour too.

Commodore Basin info:
Latitude: 37.9199949
Longitude: -107.7014498
Elevation: 10,410 feet (3,173m)

Skinning upSkinning up
Skinning up 2nd round2nd round - the tour can be done in laps
View of Million Dollar HighwayLooking down towards Hwy 550
Red Mountain #3Red Mountain #3
Commodore treesCommodore Trees
Descent in Commodore BasinDescent in Commodore Basin

External Links

Northern San Juan Backcountry Avalanche Forecast


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