Beacon Guidebooks

Light Tours of Colorado


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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