“Fun moderate tree skiing leads to a waterfall on this mild route.”
— Jared Brin
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Need to Know
The ski down is moderate, except the zig-zag around the large waterfall, which isn't difficult skiing but falling has consequences.
I did this some years back, a friend and I decided to skin up from Coal Creek
after skiing below the plateau and drop into Deer Creek
. The skin up the south facing slope on the Deer Creek Ascent
was easy, and we had great, untracked, tree skiing down the north side into Deer Creek
, wondering why there were no tracks anywhere on such fun terrain. We started down the creek, skied down a couple mini waterfalls, then arrived at the top of the big one, about 80-100 feet tall, and realized why there were no tracks up higher. Traversing left onto the south facing slope, we were able to zig-zag back on a somewhat sketchy but large ledge above a cliff through the cliff band to the bottom of the waterfall, and continue our way down the creek to the road.