How to Ski Rocky Mountain National Park

24th February 2019 | Krista Crabtree

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The now-defunct ski area Hidden Valley is accessible by a hike over high alpine tundra peppered with wildflowers. - ©Liam Doran

The now-defunct ski area Hidden Valley is accessible by a hike over high alpine tundra peppered with wildflowers.
Copyright: Liam Doran

The now-defunct ski area Hidden Valley is accessible by a hike over high alpine tundra peppered with wildflowers. - ©Liam Doran
Bighorn Sheep are well adapted to the high alpine tundra around Trail Ridge Road. The park is home to more than 350 sheep, which were nearly extinct at one point. - ©Liam Doran

Bighorn Sheep are well adapted to the high alpine tundra around Trail Ridge Road. The park is home to more than 350 sheep, which were nearly extinct at one point.
Copyright: Liam Doran

Bighorn Sheep are well adapted to the high alpine tundra around Trail Ridge Road. The park is home to more than 350 sheep, which were nearly extinct at one point. - ©Liam Doran
A quick approach from Trail Ridge Road allows skiers to access the wide snowfield of Sundance in Rocky Mountain National Park. - ©Liam Doran

A quick approach from Trail Ridge Road allows skiers to access the wide snowfield of Sundance in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Copyright: Liam Doran

A quick approach from Trail Ridge Road allows skiers to access the wide snowfield of Sundance in Rocky Mountain National Park. - ©Liam Doran
Hidden Valley's old trails offer great backcountry skiing right off of Trail Ridge Road. - ©Liam Doran

Hidden Valley's old trails offer great backcountry skiing right off of Trail Ridge Road.
Copyright: Liam Doran

Hidden Valley's old trails offer great backcountry skiing right off of Trail Ridge Road. - ©Liam Doran
Colorado Mountain School guide, Ian Fowler and Scarpa event coordinator, Joe Risi skin up Sundance for another lap of summer turns. - ©Liam Doran

Colorado Mountain School guide, Ian Fowler and Scarpa event coordinator, Joe Risi skin up Sundance for another lap of summer turns.
Copyright: Liam Doran

Colorado Mountain School guide, Ian Fowler and Scarpa event coordinator, Joe Risi skin up Sundance for another lap of summer turns. - ©Liam Doran
Guide, Ian Fowler looks for

Guide, Ian Fowler looks for "the sweet spot," where the summer snow is soft enough to edge but not so soft it's slushy.
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Guide, Ian Fowler looks for
Elk sightings are a common occurrence in Rocky Mountain National Park. - ©Liam Doran

Elk sightings are a common occurrence in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Elk sightings are a common occurrence in Rocky Mountain National Park. - ©Liam Doran
Snow melts literally under your feet while summer skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park. - ©Liam Doran

Snow melts literally under your feet while summer skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Copyright: Liam Doran

Snow melts literally under your feet while summer skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park. - ©Liam Doran
An owl, camouflaged by moss rock, sits watch in Rocky Mountain National Park. - ©Liam Doran

An owl, camouflaged by moss rock, sits watch in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Copyright: Liam Doran

An owl, camouflaged by moss rock, sits watch in Rocky Mountain National Park. - ©Liam Doran
Alpine Touring or randonee gear work well for summer ski adventures, and avalanche safety gear is a must. - ©Liam Doran

Alpine Touring or randonee gear work well for summer ski adventures, and avalanche safety gear is a must.
Copyright: Liam Doran

Alpine Touring or randonee gear work well for summer ski adventures, and avalanche safety gear is a must. - ©Liam Doran
Summer turns on Sundance in Rocky Mountain National Park means great scenery, sun and soft snow. - ©Liam Doran

Summer turns on Sundance in Rocky Mountain National Park means great scenery, sun and soft snow.
Copyright: Liam Doran

Summer turns on Sundance in Rocky Mountain National Park means great scenery, sun and soft snow. - ©Liam Doran

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