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Timber Line Ski Resort Roxborough Park, CO
Timber line is a hometown ski resort that resides in the Pike National Forest just paralleling with the streets of Roxborough State Park, in Roxborough CO. Located near trail 19, Roxborough Park Co, it was founded on December 5th, 2011, by four snow recreational savvy experts, who knew the hills and trails well enough, to know that they could designate some trails up there.
History and Background knowledge
The history of the area is, that the runs and slopes run along, and under, a system of power lines that service for the local community. Being in a forest of tall trees, the workers who installed the power lines had cut down the forest underneath the power lines, for convenience of routine active maintenance, also the well being and safety of the power lines.
The Area of Timber line
The area was well sought out and explored on by the founding members, way before the resort was instituted. Bike rides, hikes, and all manner of expeditions were taken up there before the idea was presented of a ski resort. After a hike to the place during a snowy November day, it was decided that a trial expedition up to the high hills would take place to try and foresee any chance of skiing. On December 5th, that snowy expedition took place. Right at the cul-de-sac of Raven Run up in Roxborough Park just South of Littleton Colorado, The four began up a .75 mile snowy trail leading to small valley that sat below some great power lines. to the left, was where the main run sat that was sought after all day. To the right, a run called Sun Devil Ridge that was later brought into the resort, after more snowy circumstances. After this, followed many Facebook posts, the instituting of the Facebook page and You tube Channel,
Many videos, pictures, shares, trips, camps, and chances for a good time. All are welcome to visit, it is a grand place.
The original Ski Resort
In all originality of the ski resort, there were only a few runs, not very many acres, and only one face of the surrounding area used. Back in this day, it was only completely satisfactory for the users of Timberline, however, resort engineer, Jon Wolfe, saw opportunities for expansion. But for the present time of being, he instituted and named the first three runs of timberline. The first and main run,Timber Chute,was a blue, and so were the two tree runs that were put forth thereof. (Tree expedition: 254.47 Ft, and Tree excursion: 95.88 Ft.) A base camp was put in 50 ft. south of the bottom of the main run, Timber chute, where gathering's often take place.
More original runs
After runs were taken off these three beginning trails, it was brought into focus that a biking trail went through the area and that's what most of the runs were on. However, looking at overhead maps and satellite images, it was brought to attention that the main run of Timberline was not the biking trail. However one went from South/North straight at the top and bottom of the run, so where did it go? the answer was simple. Switch back trails are designed in mountain biking trails so that one may bike up 30° instead of 60°. The main run of timberline, Timber chute, is more of the 60° in this situation, (though in reality it's probably 30° itself), the trail diverts to the left, goes through switch backs, and ends at the bottom of the run, (From the top). The trail was explored, come the second trip, and found to be more of an easy going, smooth, transition/cross-country skiing trail. It's 0.31 miles long, (compared to timber chute which is .07 miles long), you can see the difference in angles here. So this trail was added at the second trip, of December 17th. Right on event of being explored, it was soon found out to have great views of the mountains out west, Turks head peak, and the mountains right by the Platte Canyon Dam. This is what forged its name to become, Vista Bella, meaning beautiful view in Spanish. The resort engineer, Jon Wolfe, Named it this after earlier learning that word in a Spanish class, and wishing to apply it here. Other than views, more intrinsic value to this trail was discovered than they knew about! This was the birth of Timberline's first transition trail, or catwalk as skiers call it, because another run was found that proved a lot of worth off this catwalk. About 1/4th of the way in, off to the left of the trail is a steep, very open area, that is off the back of the main mountain which we call Timberline Ridge. that open area was found to be a back bowl, and Timberline's very first! It was named Black Richard Back Bowl, for unknown reasons, but it stayed, and only was in service about 50 out of the 101 days averagely that Timberline is open.The are is shaped as a bean, also being about 331 ft. down (in length) and 167 feet wide. Not traveled often, however offers a fun view at the bottom, and sight of a gully that was later transformed into a run called Santos Gully, however has never been skied upon.
The finishing of Timberline Ridge
This section is named as thus because Timberline ridge is one of two ridges at Timberline, and Timberline ridge was the original. After the main run, Timber chute was established, and the following two tree runs short after, Timberline was a great success. The catwalk, Vista Bella, as well as the back bowl, was only icing on the cake. No other additions were presented to this ridge until later, however , it is not considered an original run. With a back bowl that's opened half the time, a main run with two big 'attraction' jumps as well as two tree runs, one being an attraction for the trees that you can hit powder off of while jumping; Timberline Ridge finished, being a startling success. (The ridge was finished with its original adaptations by this time, December 17th 2011).
Sun Devil Ridge
Timber Line Ski Resort Roxborough Park, CO as a resort set in a valley. If Timberline Ridge is a set of slopes on the south side facing north, then the resort's other ridge, Sun Devil Ridge, is on the north side, facing south.
History of SDR
Sun Devil Ridge is a ridge that only has one run on its main face, named Sun Devil Run, however its name is seldom used. The ridge itself, has always been seen and known to the park founders, even since day one, however, it was used nor explored upon until a later date in travel, December 23rd, 2011. On the first day Timberline opened, on December 5th, the four founders had a clear shot of SDR, and saw its potential, snaking shaped run. It looked very steep, and it was outlined on the hill; for it was south facing, and all the snow had melted, leaving only the dirt on the trail.
SDR however in theory would be a more successful route for Timberline, seeing it has a steeper grade and higher elevation of about 100 Ft. higher. Though its snow tends to melt faster, it still had potential. On the fateful night of December 22nd, a huge snowstorm had hit. A snow that would last, even into the next day. At about a foot and a half deeper of snow, SDR was explored. Ranging at about .014 of a mile, it was .06 of a mile shorter than the main run of Timber chute on Timber Ridge, however, dropped a whopping 135 feet! (As compared to Timber chute, which only dropped one-hundred and eight feet, even though it's longer.) The run of SDR was actually discovered to be incredibly fun, for it starts with a gently sloping, and snaking trail, into a steep drop, ending in a beautiful meadow of snow and trees.
On the first day it was explored, December 23rd, there was more than enough snow to ride. Resort founders Jon and Keegan hiked the steep trail to test it out. Seeing one of the most significant views from atop of SDR, resort engineer Jon fell in love with it and commenced the search for publishing that whole entire side of the mountain into timberline's ski runs. (SDR isn't open much, but when it is, it has a lot of snow pack.)
Generally open between the months of December through February, it has an average of being open sixty-eight days, this is only forty days under Timberline Ridge's average, of one-hundred and one days open. SDR and its one lone run, have proved to be an exciting, and most excellent addition to Timberline Ski resort's trails. The talk of the founders is that more is to come, although no more exploration of SDR had commenced until a later season, months later.
The explorations and additions to SDR
Further exploration to this ridge, has been long anticipated. According to Google Earth, the ridge had plenty to offer, such as a back bowl, more ski runs, and maybe a spot for a terrain park. However, it wasn't until the snow-barren date of October 6, 2012, when any further physical explorations had actually taken place. On October 6th, this is when a group of outsiders, lead by Jon Wolfe, took an expedition, South, up SDR, looking for something more. The first trail taken was one they first made it atop of SDR's first run, they traveled .012 miles up to the east, onto the top of the mountain structure above SDR, and discovered a lot. The first note was, that there was an easy green trail that's taken to get on top this mountain, that will be turned into a ski run. This run was later named "The SD sloper", and marked a green run. On top of the mountain, it was also seen that there were no chances for back bowls, for the brush was far too thick. Instead, a slow, terrain park-type run that slower dropped south, while also going straight west at the same time, became a registered run as well, being named, "The Backridge Bank Project". By even today, has not been tested, but in theory is a fun run. However, it became part of a list of runs that weren't invented until that day. And these runs are called hike-back runs, or dead-ended runs.
These runs, which are few, became a popular notion on that day of exploration up SDR. The next run they found to add to the list of Timber Line's runs, which is also a hike-back run, is called "The end of line downwards trail". it was found when hiking back down the SD sloper to the top of the SDR run, to head back, for it was in the minds of the explorers, and Jon, that they found all that they could get. however, it was not so satisfying. The end of the line downwards trail, came up when a fork in the road came up that had not been seen before. The trail went straight west, being the SD sloper, and the new road in the fork, was a downwards hill traveling north! They followed it, and realized that it went nowhere, and if anyone had traveled on it, well, they would simply have to hike back, for it serviced nowhere. However, this trail was more revolutionary than first thought. At the end of the run, where it flattened out and the forest cleared, the only thing that Jon saw was a chance for another great camping spot, (for they had camped below the Timber chute at the main camp, many times). But something stood out to him, that no one else saw. Down west, through the bushes, lay another hill going down north, from the backside of SDR. It has a power line going down it, for this meant that there would be cleared trees, and maybe a great potential for runs, just like on Timberline Ridge.
As it turns out, after a grueling hike of bush whacking and skin cutting barbed-wiring, they made it to the bottom of.... what became the next most popular addition to the Timber Line Ski Resort, Timberline II! Jon knew it would work fabulously, for he hiked up the run, checked out its foliage amounts, and chiefly stated that it will be added to the back of SDR, as a project, and it noted as a hike-back trail. It later became officially called, timberline II, being the 5th face of a mountain rode on at Timber Line, and the 2nd north-facing trail spot, meaning that it potentially could be opened all one-hundred and one days, just like Timberline Ridge. However, it has a lot more fallen trees and bushes, so it may require a lot more snow fall amounts, just like SDR, but still may prove to be a great place. The run on T-line II, was named Timber chute II, being a replica of Timber chute I, which resides on the Timberline Ridge face. below this run, was established, the rock bottom free-roam area. The name being inspired, from a great episode of SpongeBob Squarepants, rock bottom. Where in the episode, the are of rock bottom, was below a steep hillside face, also being an end of the line stop, isolated from everywhere else. This is the feel that Jon got about the area below Timberline II, so this is what he named it. Jon also later expressed feeling, that the whole idea of Timberline II, and the Rock Bottom free roam area, is inspired from the Montezuma bowl, at Arapahoe Basin, a ski area in Colorado. This is so, because Timberline II comes off the back of SDR, just as the Montezuma bowl does for A-basin, also, the rock bottom free-roam area, came inspired from some hike-back trails at the bottom of the Montezuma bowl, and its lift, that Jon noticed once at a visit to A-basin. However the turn-out, because the run has not been skied on yet, seeing it was discovered before the snow season; it will be a great addition to the mountain, extending out Timber Line's grand legend.
Timber Line Today
If anyone were to hike up there today, there are well over four routes. Most Standard Routes 1. Up from trail 19 above the Raven Run cul-de-sac 2. Up from Trail 20, above the Antler run Street trail head. Other Routes 3. From the South, On the Indian Creek Loop(South) trail. 4. Up from the West, on the Roxborough Loop(West) trail. 5. From the North, of some private unbeknownst trail.
At the base camp, below the Timber chute, there is a sign post built to inform skiers of the trails, dangers, and disclaimers.
Elevation Base: 6,735 ft Summit: (Timberline Ridge's Summit:6,845 ft; Sun Devil Ridge's Summit:6,996 ft) Largest Vertical Rise:261 ft (Base to the top of Sun Devil Ridge)
Trails Skiable Area: 65.30 acres Trails: 12 runs total, 1 back bowl (38.46% hardest, 46.15% intermediate,23.07% easiest) Longest Run: 1/5th of a mile Average Annual snowfall: 112 inches
Ridges Timberline Ridge: One mountain face, North facing, 5 runs, one back bowl Sun Devil Ridge: Three faces, South, West, and North facing, 6 runs
Timberline Ski Area and Winter Camp 
Jon Wolfe  Founder and Engineer
Atterbury Consultants, Inc. References:
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