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0.6 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 536' 163 m
Descent: -88' -27 m
High: 11,782' 3,591 m
Low: 11,246' 3,428 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 20% (11°)
Max Slope: 49% (26°)
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Trail shared by Kevin Gillest

Avalanche risk for Jul 10, 2019: Unknown

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This is the approach to ski the Flora Creek NW shoulder and Flora Creek drainage.

Kevin Gillest
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

The entire Roberts Creek Ski and the Flora Creek Approach are in numerous avalanche paths, so be cautious. If you are not skilled in avalanche awareness or have beginner to medium ski skills, it is best not to venture out into this area. You need to be very self sufficient to ski in these areas.

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This approach assumes that you have skied Mines 1 or 2, or the Mines Shoulder (there are avalanche concerns on these ski runs) in the Vortex/Frazier River Drainage. After that, you would need to use the 6.3/6.5 Approach to the top of the 6.3/6.5 Ski Run.

After that is completed, you'll need to skin across the Roberts Creek Approach to the Roberts Creek Ski Run. Drop in on the Roberts Creek NW shoulder in the Roberts Creek drainage (there are avalanche concerns on this Ski Run).

After arriving in the Roberts Creek Drainage, ski up the left side of the drainage, not quite to where the trees end and cut back left. Look for Pink Survey Tape, this will mark our entrance into the trees on the left side. Follow this short but strenuous skin to the drop-in point for Flora Shoulder/Creek.

On different years, it might be possible to go higher, but on 12/26/2018 this was the end of the skiable snow.

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