Submitted By: mtnfiend on October 26, 2011
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Cristo is a fairly wide snow gully, and is not particularly technical to ski. That said, it is steep enough to demand advanced ski abilities.
Cristo is rated D8 or D9 depending on snow conditions. For information on the D rating system, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html
In good snow conditions, Cristo can be skied right off the summit. Depending on snowpack, there may or may not be a few rocky patches to navigate. The gully has a few rollovers, the steepest reaching 40-45 degrees. The slope has a double fall-line, and is generally a bit mellower if you stay towards the skier's right side. While not a true no-fall zone, the double fall-line nature also means that a sliding fall in the couloir could be dangerous.
Cristo Couloir is a very large avalanche path and has claimed it's share of victims. As such, this route is recommended as a spring descent in times of good stability only. Also, whether you're driving or skinning up Blue Lakes Road, be aware that several major avalanche paths threaten the road near the dam.[more]
Deming Peak (12,902 ft) is an obscure "12er" that sits at the more southern end of the Gore mountain range. It can be accessed by several different drainages.
How to Get There
One way to access the peak is to use the meadow creek TH just off I-70 in Frisco (exit 203 - north side of I-70). You can also access the peak by starting at the Buffalo cabin or Ryan gulch TH in Silverthorne. Conceivable, one could also access the north side of the peak from the Gore/Deluge Creek drainages.
If approaching from Meadow Creek, follow the Meadow creek drainage WNW (large obvious trail - even with snow cover) towards Eccles pass. Once you start to clear the trees, the summit is visible. Head up the skinable SSE slope to the top.
If approaching from Buffalo Cabin, head up the South Willow Creek drainage to Red-Buffalo Pass (to access north slopes), or Eccles pass.