(Last Updated On: December 12, 2015)
Standing on the north side of Vail Pass, Uneva Peak dominates the skyline. But, being part of the Gore Range, which is typically lower in elevation than some of Colorado’s other mountain ranges, it’s summit is only 12,530′. Uneva Peak isn’t like most of the rest of the Gore. It’s gentle slopes contrast with the typical rugged Peaks behind it. But, those gentle slopes make Uneva the perfect place for backcountry skiers looking for low angle terrain, a common occurance on storm days or for more beginner backcountry skiers.
Access to Uneva is easy, although not free. A $6 per person fee is required. The fee is used to keep the National Forest plowing the recreation parking areas, of which there are two, just uphill from the Vail Pass rest area. The winter travel management plan for the area is well-developed. So, the southern side of the pass has roads and tracks that are accessible to snowmobiles and cats, while the north side is completely non-motorized. Sled-laps dominate skiing on the south side, while the north side is all leg wax.
There is no shortage of skin tracks on Uneva Peak, which sometimes actually makes route choices more difficult.
But, there are plenty of open and low-angle slopes, and lots of fresh powder still left.
Our plan was to squeak out a couple of quick laps during a quick afternoon tour. Me and Gary skinning near the top of one of our lines.
Ahh, yes, the Gore.
We found some good snow on the first lap. Me.
We spent a quick afternoon doing a couple of laps on Uneva Peak with our friend Gary.
Skinning up to our second lap.
Wait, where are we again?
And then we skied under soft light and into the waning sun.
And Gary milked the pow.
All in all, Uneva Peak is a fun little zone for low-angle slopes, making it a good place for storm days or for beginner backcountry skiers. The only downfall, it’s not free. But, hey, maybe that means more powder for those who do 🙂