Flattop Mountain

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Flattop Mountain

Submitted By: Franz on June 10, 2010

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Silver Couloir

Nearly 3000' of skiing awaits those who put in the effort to climb to the top!!!  The Silver couloir has been regarded by several (Lou Dawson - Wild Snow, Chris Davenport - 50 Classic Ski Descents of N. America) as one of N. America's classic lines.  I have to say I agree.  The couloir is very wide (narrow section is 50 feet??), moderately steep at around 40 degrees, and LONG!!!

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As it's namesake would suggest the top of Flattop mountain is well, flat.  However, this mesa does have access to several steep couliors and even some mellower more winter oriented lines.  Careful in the couliors because avalanche season will be there until late spring.  There is a little bit of everything for the skier here, mellow terrain and steep, steep technical lines

How to Get There

Go to the Bear Lake parking lot in RMNP and then decide whether you are going to access the skiing by hiking around the mellow east ridge of Flattop or going up Tyndall Gorge to Emerald Lake (Tyndall Gorge route is reccomended if your doing such things as Dragon's Tail or the Couliors that come down across from it as then you can climb the line before you ski it).  The emerald lake trail will take you right up to the heart of the gorge, which is freaking gorgeous. 
If you decide to ascend by gaining flattops East facing ridge, follow the fern lake trail to the Flattop mountain trail and gain the summit.  The east ridge of flattop is an easy hike and be prepared for lots of tourists in the summer time. Skiing down to Emerald lake is the only place I've ever gotten an applause after skiing a line

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