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Old 11-18-2008, 03:47 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The Ski area is just before the Summit on the East side of the pass. There is no lodging at the ski area. The two closest options are South Fork and Pagosa Springs. Each being about a 15-20 minute drive, maybe less. So you have to travel the pass everyday you are there. It's not a particularly gnarly pass. As mentioned the east side is threatened less and maybe a bit easier to drive in snowy conditions. The West side is steeper, has two or three very serious avalanche paths and is covered with more snow in general. I think it may be a shorter drive on that side (Pagosa side) than the east side. Just as mentioned, if they have to close the pass, it's generally closed at the Summit from the east side and at the base from the west side. So people coming from the South Fork side get a serious powder day, while the Pagosa Peeps are drinkin' and cryin'...
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