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6.1 Ski Run

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1.1 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 1' 0 m
Descent: -1,746' -532 m
High: 11,771' 3,588 m
Low: 10,025' 3,056 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 31% (17°)
Max Slope: 56% (29°)
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Trail shared by Kevin Gillest

Moderately difficult tree run with guaranteed powder and zero people.

Kevin Gillest
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

This is similar to all "6 point" ski runs: expect good powder, remote skiing, no people, easy to get lost, and lots of down trees. But on the right day, all of these lines ski awesome.

Need to Know

If you are not a good route finder, this route could be a real issue. You need to have a GPS and be well versed in route finding to attempt this type of a ski run. It is long and unforgiving, so don't head out there unless you are very self sufficient.

Description

The best way to access the 6.1 Ski Run is to skin up Mines leaving the parking lot from the top of Berthoud and ski the NW Shoulder into the vortex. After skiing the NW Shoulder, skin part way up the Vortex and follow the 6.3 access. After topping out on the 6.3 access trail, follow the Roberts Creek approach.

Drop In Point:
When dropping Roberts Head Wall you are heading north, but when dropping 6.1 you are heading west, down and slightly right toward 7 mile trail and Second Creek trailhead in the distance.There are lots of down trees and obstacles, but a good fall line. We actually found a fairly large opening that can be seen from 40 between Second Creek and First Creek. The first 1/2 of the line trees are spaced well with a moderate fall line. The second half is steeper than anticipated with tighter trees.

We ended up in a creek bed, heading right, that eventually connected to the Roberts Creek, and eventually 7 Mile Trail and the Fraser River. After a mile on the 7 mile trail following the Fraser river you end up at Highway 40. This is the last switchback heading to Winter Park.

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Showing the drop in point from highway 40, this picture was taken from the last switchback heading to WinterPark
Dec 19, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Still above the large opening that can be seen from 40, but the picture shows how open the skiing is on the first 1/2 of 6.1
Feb 3, 2020 near Winter…, CO
Google Earth view of Roberts Creek approach connecting to the Roberts Shoulder/Creek Ski Run
Dec 18, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Largest open section of the 6.1 ski run
Feb 3, 2020 near Winter…, CO
John V skiing the Roberts Creek Bed nearing the Frazier River
Dec 19, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Kevin G skiing 6.1 1/26/2020
Feb 3, 2020 near Winter…, CO

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