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Zero Creek

Intermediate
 2.0 (1) SKI LINE

Quick, easy ski if you are short on time.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.7

KM

Ski Line

11,334' 3,455 m

High

10,152' 3,094 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,182' 360 m

Down

22%

Avg Slope (12°)

37%

Max Slope (20°)
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.

Overview

Super moderate ski line in the Zero Creek Drainage below the Zero Creek Bowl.

Need to Know

There is some avalanche danger on the drop-in point into Zero Creek and also some from the Zero Creek Bowl once you have entered the drainage.

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

Skiing:
- The initial drop-in point depicted on the GPS track has a moderately steep drop-in point, which could be dangerous on the wrong day
- Once in the drainage, only a few worries, unexpected rocks, and Zero Creek Bowl avalanche
- Skiing and navigating is fairly easy
- While skiing down you can see lots of potential for harder drop-in points
- Once in the trees, we followed the creek, trees were not too tight. Now they could be too tight if your skiing is not better than average
- Within 10 - 15 minutes of dropping in, I was back to the switchback on Highway 40

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Shared By:

Kevin Gillest

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Photos

Garrett Gillest sking the Zero Creek pillow line near the bottom of "Morning Glory"
Apr 3, 2020 near Winter…, CO
This picture shows the easy pillow line at Zero Creek. Up trail, it's just left in the trees.
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
Just before entering into the trees, approximately 1/2 way from the drop in point to the highway- the 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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