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Vail to Winter Park " on skis?

Allen Best
Aspen, CO Colorado

FRASER, Colorado ” While some people have been scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to install a monorail or some other train up Colorado’s Interstate 70 corridor, Jean Vives of Fraser has been confronting another challenge: How to ski it.

Formerly of Aspen, where he was co-director of Aspen Alpine Guides, he now lives in Fraser, near Winter Park, and from there he has laid out a ski trip from Vail to Winter Park. He thinks it can be done in seven to 10 days, without once spending the night in a tent.

It goes like this: Vail to a backcountry ski hut near Vail Pass, then Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Loveland Basin. Then to the Henderson Mine, and the final leg to Winter Park. Altogether, that’s not quite 63 miles.

It sounds daunting, and it would take skill, Vives, 56, told the Middle Park Times. But there is only one spot where an ice ax and crampons might be handy. Otherwise, it’s all just basic backcountry skiing.

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