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Can I take my teenager hiking at Wolf Creek?

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My son (15) would like to try hike-to terrain. He has never done it, and my own experience is very limited. Reading over the Unofficial Guide at http://www.epicski.com/a/wolf-creek-ski-area-co-unofficial-guide, it seems that we could do the areas both left and right of Treasure Chair without undue risk or difficulty. (I probably would not want to take him along Knife Ridge, however). Does anybody feel that this area would be unsuitable for newbies without a guide?

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The terrain you mention is very approachable stuff. Some of it is quite steep, but you got about 200-300 vertical before you get back into lift served terrain. You can scout out almost all of this terrain from below beforehand.

 

Exhibition Ridge (skiers left of Treasure) can be done without taking the skis off.

 

Prospector, Glory Hole, and Boundary can be done in the other direction with the skis on. You have to click out and start hiking beyond Boundary. Alberta Peak is not that bad of a hike ( the hike from Boundary is similar to Mirkwood Bowl at Monarch) and the skiing from the top is actually less steep than some of the other ridges.

 

Step bowl is another one to consider. It is a 2 minute hike from Alberta up to the ridge, and then you just hike along the ridge to drop in.  I'm not a huge fan because I can go out in the other direction on Knife Ridge and get untracked, and Step sees more traffic. However, it is popular because you get a longer drop before you get back into lift-served terrain.  I commonly ski Step when I am not comfortable doing the hike out on Knife for visibility or avalanche stability concerns.

 

From a hike standpoint, knife ridge is not too bad, but the traverse for the first 120 feet off the stairs has a bit of a pucker factor. The terrain right off the stair is pretty gnarly, but it mellows out as you go further. Dog chutes is 2 turns of tight trees before it becomes open slide paths and deep, deep, deep windloaded snow.

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