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Upper Deer Creek

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2.1 Miles 3.4 Kilometers


Ski Line

52' 16 m

Ascent

-1,327' -405 m

Descent

11,306' 3,446 m

High

9,978' 3,041 m

Low

12%

Avg Slope (7°)

22%

Max Slope (12°)

Unknown

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Fun moderate tree skiing leads to a waterfall on this mild route.

Jared Brown

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The ski down is moderate, except the zig-zag around the large waterfall, which isn't difficult skiing but falling has consequences.

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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.

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Avalanche risk for Dec 15, 2017: Low

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.

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