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Flora Creek Ski Run

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An awesome northwest shoulder draining into the Flora Creek drainage.


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1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Ski Line

11,667' 3,556 m

High

9,913' 3,022 m

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0' 0 m

Up

1,754' 535 m

Down

31%

Avg Slope (17°)

65%

Max Slope (33°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

This is a very remote ski run crossing/skiing numerous avalanche paths. If you are a beginner/intermediate skier, this is not the run out area for you. If you are not fully self sufficient with all required gear, avoid this area.

Description

From the initial drop-in point, we skirted rocks to our right, staying above the trees. We needed to gain the next ridge to be sure we made it into Flora Creek. If you drop in too early, you ski steep south and west-facing avalanche paths back into Roberts Creek.

Once we gained the ridge/shoulder, we skied this in fairly easy, wide open trees for a while, eventually skiing steeper older avalanche paths (considerable new tree growth) northwest toward the Flora Creek drainage. This section was some of the best skiing, but steep enough to be problematic (be cautious).

Soon after the trees get tighter, but still skiable, and then we dropped into the Flora Creek drainage. Flora Creek drainage is steeper and has considerably more rocks/downed trees/obstacles that Roberts Creek. Down lower the Walls become 50' tall which would make entering this lower section challenging without a rope and harness to rappel.

Overall, the creek skiing was awesome, fast skiing with mandatory air onto pillows. This skiing would be near impossible during early season or during low snow years. The drain into 7 Mile/Frazier River is no problem, and then, shortly after, you are at the highway.

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Shared By:

Kevin Gillest

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#13

in Berthoud Pass

#342

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#13

in Berthoud Pass

#116

in Colorado

#342

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Photos

Carl Pluim dropping in the initial section of the Flora Funnel
Jan 16, 2020 near Winter…, CO
After the Flora Creek drainage gets tighter and steeper, down lower from the entrance point.
Dec 26, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Looking down into the Flora Creek Drainage, one of the tighter/steeper sections
Dec 26, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Looking down towards Flora Creek on our initial drop in point
Dec 26, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Awesome powder a few hundred feet from drop in point.
Jan 6, 2020 near Winter…, CO
Minor crowning on the drop in point, Carl Pluim on snowboard.
Jan 6, 2020 near Winter…, CO

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