TBT TR: Skiing Bear Lake Terrain Park (29 April 2016)

(Last Updated On: January 5, 2017)

This post is part of a Throwback Thursday series featuring trip reports that we haven’t had a chance to write about until now! Look for them at least every other Thursday!

Rocky Mountain National Park harbors some fantastic backcountry skiing. Unfortunately, with the seasonal closure of Trail Ridge Road until around Memorial Day, much of the skiing is difficult to access. However, the Bear Lake zone is accessible all winter long and holds some of the best backcountry skiing in the Front Range that is not on the I-70 corridor with plenty of route options for both winter and spring.

Although I had skied a few times in this area when I resided on the Front Range 10 years ago, I had long forgotten the specific lines in the Bear Lake “Terrain Park”. So, after a good sized spring storm late last April, I revisited the area with my friends Zach and Scott.

Backcountry skiing in Rocy Mountain National Park.
Zach and Scott pause to take a look at the Dream Shots, one of the lines in the Bear Lake Terrain Park.

The views upvalley from Dream Lake are hard to top – with Hallet Peak on the left and Flattop Mountain on the right (Dragon’s Tail and Dragon’s Tooth couloirs in view).
Backcountry skiing Bear Lake zone in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Backcountry skiing Bear Lake zone in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The foliage is quite unique in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Trees in winter in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Backcountry skiing the Bear Lake zone in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Scott talking options on top of the Dream Shots.
Scott Edlin backcountry skiing Bear Lake Zone in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Zach soaking up the view under stormy skies.
Zach Taylor backcountry snowboarding in Beark Lake zone in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Hmmmm….. looking tasty and untouched!
Backcountry skiing the Bear Lake Zone Dream Shots in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Scott making some powdery turns on the Dream Shots.
Scott Edlin backcountry skiing the Dream Shots in the Bear Lake Zone of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Scott Edlin backcountry skiing the Dream Shots of the Bear Lake zone in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Zach catches some air.
Zach Taylor backcountry skiing the Dream Shots in the Bear Lake Zone in Rocky Mountain National Park.in

For lap 2, we headed over to the East Alleys above Lake Haiyaha.
Backcountry skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park.

We then continued down Marios – named after the popular video game because there’s all kinds of features to “bounce” off of, like Scott’s doing here.
Scott Edlin backcountry skiing down Marios in the Bear Lake zone of Rocky Mountain National Park.

We then headed back up for one more run in the Glacier Knobs/Olympic Games area. Zach.
Zach Taylor backcountry snowboarding in the Bear Lake Zone of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Zach Taylor backcountry snowboarding in the Bear Lake Zone of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Scott.
Scott Edlin backcountry skiing in the Bear Lake Zone of Rocky Mountain Natioanal Park.

Scott Edlin backcountry skiing in the Bear Lake Zone of Rocky Mountain Natioanal Park

After all this recent snow, I’d say that the Bear Lake Terrain Park ought to be shaping up pretty well for the season. You just might wanna give it a try sometime soon!

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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Skiing Bear Lake Terrain Park
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The Bear Lake Terrain Park and surrounding area offer some of the best backcountry skiing north of the I-70 corridor, for both winter and spring adventures!
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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!

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