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Light Tours of Colorado [2nd Edition]


Mellow Backcountry Ski Routes to Minimize Avalanche Exposure.
Legendary Colorado ski mountaineer, Lou Dawson, has released a one-of-a-kind, completely remastered guidebook for those who are in search of mellow backcountry ski routes to minimize avalanche exposure.

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An increasing number of muscle-powered skiers have an interest in finding enjoyable terrain for making turns while avoiding high consequence avalanche slopes. In this second edition of Lou Dawson’s guidebook, the focus is on the mellow side of ski touring. We’ve doubled the number of routes and removed the resort uphills that proved difficult to detail because of closures or ever-shifting resort policies. Furthermore, we improved our formatting: it’s simpler—just the information you need.

This book is for anyone who wants to explore our beautiful state in the winter from the unique wanderer’s perspective. The runs are spread out as far north as Buffalo Pass and as far south as Wolf Creek Pass, with loads of treasures in between. Pick up this book and go somewhere new! Find the perfect log, sit down, and eat a leisurely lunch; take your kids along; convince a partner to try something new; concentrate on the exercise and fresh air (not the adrenaline); be proud you’ve chosen a sustainable style of ski touring you can enjoy for decades. 

Designed to go along with you on your tours and accompany the Light Tours of Colorado Ski App.

This 5.5” x 8.5” spiral-bound book covers the following zones: Buffalo Pass, Hogan Park Traverse, Montgomery Pass, Hidden Valley, Caribou, Berthoud Pass East Side & 110s, Butler Gulch, Vail Pass & Uneva Ridge, Meadow Mountain (Minturn), Shark Park (Rifle), Williams Peak (Glenwood Springs), Sugar Bowls (Buttermilk), Van Horn Park (Aspen), Independence Pass, Bald Mountain (Breckenridge), Hoosier Pass/Northstar, Ball Mountain (Leadville), Monarch Pass/Snowstake, Snodgrass Front Side (Crested Butte), Spring Creek Pass/Baldy Cinco, Red Mountain Pass, Wolf Creek Pass, and several uphill routes at ski areas around Colorado.


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Weight.9 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in
Lou Dawson
Lou Dawson@wildsnow
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"This is the kind of publication that helps you arrive cold as an out-of-towner, find the “skinners” and have at it while pounding fluffy Colorado pow and laughing at the over-priced ski lifts."
West Elk Project
West Elk Project@westelkproject
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"It neatly lays out the elevations, descent lengths, aspects, trailhead directions, winter maintenance and parking info, snowmobile access, skin tracks, and exit info. That combined with helpful photos, give backcountry travelers a very good idea of what is going on."
Frank Konsella
Frank Konsella@14erskiers
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"Sovick’s book contains established skin tracks, preferred routes, etiquette, and notes on terrain traps, gullies and avalanche paths. It also assumes all users are trained in avalanche avoidance and rescue, and includes AIARE’s “Communication Checklist,” which includes tips for facilitating teamwork and good decision-making."
GriffOn the Berthoud Pass Ski Atlas
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"These books are great for quick references, re-capping tours and pre-planning. They are small and light and pack well too."
BeauOn the Light Tours of Colorado Ski Atlas
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"A well composed guidebook with lots of great suggestions, many of which I have already skied."
ReginaOn the Crystal Mountain Book
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"Gifted this to my son at Christmas. He loved it! And it exceeded his expectations."
MasonOn the Snoqualmie Pass Ski Atlas
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"I want to thank you for making the best ski guidebooks out there. Your books are a big reason why I’m able to explore the backcountry around Snoqualmie Pass."