I’ve run into every reaction on the spectrum over the last year since I started this project intended originally as an online guidebook to Berthoud Pass. I’ve met people stoked and wanting to contribute, people pissed off that I was ruining their “secret” stashes, and every shade of indifference in between.
The reality is that backcountry skiing is getting dramatically more popular every year, it’s really the only segment of the ski market that’s growing. Berthoud Pass is less than an hour and a half from 3.5 million people, and it never has been, and never will be, anyone’s secret. What’s more important than protecting the “secret” of the pass, is providing the appropriate information to help people who are inexperienced with the pass that are going to head there either way. Whether they are just getting into backcountry skiing or just getting to know the pass it’s possible for everyone to have a safe and fun experience which will help keep the pass safe and fun for everyone else that already calls it home. Because whether or not this project exists new people are going to flock to the pass every year, and personally I’d rather those people have an idea of what they are doing.
I’m going to be writing up a few different “guides” to the pass targeted at different people and different situations. Hopefully we can help keep people more or less out of harm’s way and help everyone have a good time up there.