Northeast of Steamboat Springs, a long day backcountry ski trek traverses Soda Mountain via Buffalo Pass with elevations between 7,600 feet to 10,800. To reach the trailhead from Steamboat, follow Buffalo Pass Road (FS60) to plowed parking areas. Continue skiing up the road to the top of Buffalo Pass (11 miles). Ignore the fabulous bowl and glade tele-skiing through powder on the north slopes. At the Pass, ski northwest up to Soda Mountain. Head west down on a broad ridge and the open northwest exposures provide excellent powder skiing. Stay out of the south fork of the Soda Creek drainage due to rocks. Finally, traverse through the flat meadow to the west and then southwest to Buffalo Pass Road. If you re looking for something a little tamer, check out the 40 km of groomed tracks at the nearby Home Ranch.
To reach the Dry Lake Parking Lot from the intersection of Maple Street and Amethyst Street in Steamboat Springs, go north on Amethyst Street for 1.5 miles. Turn right (north) on CR 36 and travel .6 mile. Go right on CR 38 for just over 3 miles to the parking lot.
Overall, Buffalo Pass / Soda Mountain is the 13th most popular cross country ski area of all 51 Nordic ski destinations in Colorado. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Buffalo Pass / Soda Mountain including Rabbit Ears Pass, Vista Verde Ranch, Gore Pass Loop, Dunckley Pass Ski Trails, Steamboat Nordic Center and Lake Catamount Touring Center.
Local Contacts: CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Difficult
Base Camp: Vista Verde Ranch (303) 879-3858; Moving Mountain Chalet (877) 624-2538
Luxury Loding: Home Ranch (970) 879-1780; Sheraton Morningside (800) 325-3535
Breakfast Restaurant: Creekside Cafe, Steamboat Springs
GPS: 40.5353, -106.7836
Date Published: 1/1/2016
Date Updated: 7/31/2016
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