“A short and fun bowl, followed by a quick traverse and side-step ascent for another 500' descent through trees.”
— Zander Göpfert
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
See the Brainard Lake Recreation Area page
for more details.
Need to Know
The majority of this line is in Indian Peaks Wilderness. Please respect all signage, closures, and regulations posted.
From the end of the Long Lake Approach
, this descent heads down the looker's left side of a wide, exposed bowl. The bowl could be worth exploring but is south/southeast facing with conditions that weren't ideal.
The line shown here stays to the looker's left of the bowl with a less-exposed aspect and more terrain features to anchor the snowpack. There are four or five good turns and a small cornice at the top for those looking to send a little airtime.
The line trends to the skier's left heading east so as to traverse the bottom of the bowl for a short, side-step of the eastern nose of the bowl to reach another, longer line.
This second line has a fun beginning section to a rollover that is worth stopping and scouting. Below the roll-over, there are another three to four turns before you duck into the trees and trend to the left, east, to eventually meet back up with the Long Lake Approach
at Long Lake Road. We transitioned at a small lake to make the short skin to reconnect with the Long Lake Approach