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Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -287' -87 m
High: 11,812' 3,600 m
Low: 11,526' 3,513 m


Avg Slope: 18% (10°)
Max Slope: 20% (11°)
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Avalanche risk for Apr 30, 2019: Moderate

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern. Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.

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A short cornice and open face leads to gentle gladed skiing with short, interspersed rollers.

Britton Thomas
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

This is a fairly popular area for backcountry skiers and snowshoers.


Many lines are possible from the top of Gold Hill. Generally a small cornice will put you on a short open face that leads to gentle glade skiing back to your approach track. Short rollers in the glades keep the skiing exciting.

The further you go northwest on Gold Hill (back toward your car), the trees get tighter and more difficult to maneuver. If you stay at or below tree line the slope is gentle except for the rollers in the glades that are marginally steeper.

This area stays shaded, soft, and deep most of the winter.

History & Background

There are several old mining buildings and an old aerial tram a little further up the Mayflower Gulch.


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Jan 13, 2019
David Kider
Powder 5mi
Jan 6, 2019
Austin West
Dec 1, 2018
Cara Dee
Feb 17, 2018
Joe Martinet
Not bad line but I’m not sure I rode it right as it didn’t go very clean. — 0h 45m
Jan 20, 2018
Stormin' Norman
good blue tree skiing, easy approach and ascent. great for beginners.
Feb 5, 2017
Mark Dunn
Great skiing with some super soft snow. Cornice is getting pretty big, but great lines below it
Jan 14, 2017
Britton Thomas
Apr 3, 2016
Britton Thomas
Beautiful skiing. Soft and not too wet.

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