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Upper Zero Creek/Zero Creek Bowl Approach

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Continue west from the lower Morning Glory/Zero Creek Approach toward Parsenn Bowl.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Ascent

11,794' 3,595 m

High

10,979' 3,346 m

Low

815' 248 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

17%

Avg Slope (10°)

55%

Max Slope (29°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
This is on the edge of Winter Park ski area. It would be a bad idea to try and enter the ski area on the west side of Zero Creek Drainage.

Need to Know

No real avalanche danger on most of this approach, but the drop-in points into Zero Creek or Zero Creek Bowl all have high avalanche potential.

Be sure to do the following:
- Carry a transceiver, shovel and probe
- Consult with the CAIC website

Description

Parking Area:
- Please use the same parking area as lower Zero Creek approach, and also "Morning Glory."

Approach Trail:
- For the most part, follow the upper east side of the Zero Creek drainage to the drop-in point for "Morning Glory"
- After passing "Morning Glory," continue up still following the upper east side of the Zero Creek drainage
- There are numerous drop-in points facing north before getting to the Zero Creek Bowl
- Just as the Zero Creek Bowl comes into sight, you have to climb a slightly steep section if your plans are to ski the harder lines in the bowl
- Just before the steep section to access the bowl skiing, there is an easy drop-in point for the Zero Creek drainage

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Kevin Gillest

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Photos

Typical terrain on Morning Glory.
Jun 21, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Morning Glory lower drop-in point.
Jun 21, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Upper Zero Creek drainage, Zero Creek bowl seen in the background - skiing is fairly easy
Apr 8, 2020 near Winter…, CO
Google Earth 3D picture of the actual GPS file, this depicts the entire Zero Creek Approach
Apr 8, 2020 near Winter…, CO

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