RLM to Nichols Creek
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -3,026' -922 m
High: 9,286' 2,831 m
Low: 6,261' 1,908 m
GradeAvg Slope: 17% (10°)
Max Slope: 32% (18°)
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“Ski down the ridge from the top of Red Lodge Mountain to the Nichols Creek drainage.”— Dan Skifert
After a section of good turns through open trees, the ridgetop is fairly flat - follow the ridge out to the second large rock outcrop, then drop skiers left into the Nichols Creek drainage. Trees dropping down to Nichols Creek Road are steep and thick in spots and are about the only place on this route where you can get some good turns. You can traverse skiers left to get into more open areas, but it's often crusted due to sun exposure.
There is usually better snow on east-facing slopes, but the trees are often thicker here, too. Once you get into the main drainage bottom, Nichols Creek road is a mellow run out on an old road system that connects into the paved/plowed West Fork Rock Creek road.
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Land Manager: USFS - Custer National Forest Office