Buffalo Pass / Soda Mountain Cross Country Skiing

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.

Buffalo Pass / Soda Mountain Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

Recommended Book:  "Winter Trails Colorado" from Andy Lightbody

Recommended Map:  "Trails Illustrated - Steamboat Springs / Rabbit Ears" from National Geographic

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

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Date Updated:  7/27/2016

Buffalo Pass / Soda Mountain Cross Country Skiing Map


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