TR: North Routt Backcountry Skiing – Hahns Peak & Farwell Mountain

(Last Updated On: May 4, 2016)

This winter, we spent some time up in the Steamboat area and surrounding backcountry. Similar to Crested Butte, much of the best backcountry skiing is best accessed by snowmobile. But, we did find a few worthy non-sled backcountry skiing options on Hahns Peak and Farwell Mountain.

Hahns Peak (13 Feb 2016)

Although Hahns Peak doesn’t have a very impressive elevation, by Colorado standards, it is certainly one of the more prominent peaks in the North Routt area. It beckons backcountry skiers.
Hahns Peak in North Routt Colorado.

We generally stuck to the typical summer route for the climb.
Backcountry skiing Hahs Peak in North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO.

Colin, Frank, and I enjoyed good views of Hahns throughout the climb.
Backcountry skiing Hahs Peak in North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO.

Backcountry skiing Hahs Peak in North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO.

The top of Hahns Peak is decorated with a lookout tower.
Backcountry skiing Hahs Peak in North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO.

Unfortunately, it was closed for restoration.
Hahns Peak Lookout Tower

The east chute certainly looked good, but was not in our plans for the day….
East chute on Hahns Peak.

Colin dropping in near the top.
Colin backcountry skiing Hahs Peak in North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO.

Colin backcountry skiing Hahs Peak in North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO.

My turn.
Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Hahs Peak in North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO.

Lower down, we enjoyed plenty of good powder turns. Frank.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing Hahs Peak in North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO.

Hahns Peak is certainly worth checking out!

Farwell Mountain (12 Mar 2016)

Farwell is one of the larger mountains in the North Routt area. Not only does it rise almost 3000 vertical feet above the valley, it also has a wide breadth. There’s lots to ski on this peak. But, we headed for the southeast chutes.

Larry skinning across Pearl Lake Reservoir with Farwell in the distance.
Backcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt near Steamboat Springs, CO.

The skinning was pretty east and straight-forward and we found ourselves making good time to the summit. The skiing was pretty good! Larry, on the skier’s right edge of the SE chutes:
Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO.

Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO

Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO

Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO

Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO

Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO

Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO

Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO

Me, with the SE chutes behind.
Brittany Konsellabackcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO

After finishing the chutes, we enjoyed a nice ski through the aspen forest back to our car at Pearl Lake!
Larry Fontaine backcountry skiing Farwell Mountain, North Routt, near Steamboat Springs, CO

The Steamboat Springs region has a lot of good backcountry skiing, and it was fun to do some exploring in the North Routt area!

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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North Routt Backcountry Skiing - Hahns Peak & Farwell Mountain
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North Routt Backcountry Skiing - Hahns Peak & Farwell Mountain
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We had fun exploring backcountry skiing in the North Routt area out of Steamboat Springs and found good lines off of Hahns Peak & Farwell Mountain!
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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

2 thoughts on “TR: North Routt Backcountry Skiing – Hahns Peak & Farwell Mountain

  • December 12, 2018 at 4:10 pm
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    Hi Brittany, what was your route up Farwell and down back to the car? Trying to avoid private land.

  • December 22, 2018 at 9:07 pm
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    Hi Gloria! Thanks for your comment! The details of our route are subject to copyright as per our contract with Mountaineers Books. But, you can find the details in our guidebook!

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