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South Saint Vrain Creek

Intermediate
 3.0 (1) SKI LINE

A short and fun bowl, followed by a quick traverse and side-step ascent for another 500' descent through trees.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Ski Line

11,243' 3,427 m

High

10,512' 3,204 m

Low

31' 9 m

Up

762' 232 m

Down

13%

Avg Slope (7°)

52%

Max Slope (28°)
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.

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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#11

in Indian Peaks

#518

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#11

in Indian Peaks

#195

in Colorado

#518

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This is the view just below the drop-in for the South Saint Vrain Creek ski line. The south-facing bowl is worth exploring.
Mar 20, 2017 near Nederland, CO

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