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Flora Drain Pipe

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Spectacular northwest facing ski run in semi-open avalanche path.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Ski Line

11,681' 3,560 m

High

10,563' 3,220 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,118' 341 m

Down

31%

Avg Slope (17°)

68%

Max Slope (34°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

After a fairly hard skin up from Roberts Creek drainage, this run will guarantee good powder skiing since almost nobody ever skis here.

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 or area for you. If you are not fully self sufficient with all required gear, avoid this area.

Description

Please use standard Flora Creek approach from Roberts Creek, pink survey tape marks the way. No doubt a very hard skin/approach since 99% of the time it will not be broke.

Once we gained the ridge/shoulder, we skied a wide open area with no trees for a while. Before heading into the trees we dropped down and right (north west) into the last avalanche path. This section was the best skiing, but steep enough to be problematic (be cautious). On the first descent we did have some minor crowning, 12-18" deep and about 75-100' across.

After 500' vertical drop we cut into the trees on the skiers left. This led us into a fairly wide open section (this section is seen from highway 40) that would eventually drain into Flora Creek. Once in the opening, head to the far left lower corner.

Overall, the creek skiing was awesome, fast skiing with open water and down trees. 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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#36

in Berthoud Pass

#573

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in Berthoud Pass

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in Colorado

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Photos

Carl Pluim dropping in the initial section of the Flora Funnel
Jan 16, 2020 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
Carl Pluim dropping the initial steep section from the ridge.
Jan 6, 2020 near Winter…, CO
John V up high skiing the tighter trees on the Flora Creek Shoulder
Dec 26, 2018 near Winter…, CO

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