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Flora Creek Approach

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0.6 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
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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

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.

Description

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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Carl Pluim dropping in the initial section of the Flora Funnel
Jan 16, 2020 near Winter…, CO
John V skiing the Roberts Creek Shoulder, just above the mouth of the Creek Bed Dec 15, 2018
Dec 18, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Looking down towards Flora Creek on our initial drop in point
Dec 26, 2018 near Winter…, CO
John V skiing the Roberts Creek Shoulder, just above the mouth of the Creek Bed Dec 15, 2018
Dec 18, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Leaving the skin track from Roberts, right turn to the Flora funnel.
Jan 16, 2020 near Winter…, CO
Red arrow shows our drop in point on Flora Creek
Dec 26, 2018 near Winter…, CO

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