Southern Drainages

Submitted By: Dobish on March 21, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Colorado » Rocky Mountain National Park

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Once in the line, there is nothing to difficult about the route finding.  There is a spine out skiers right that you could go over into a different section if the line started to rip.  The main line descends straight down over a few cliffs, height and risk depending on snow.   After the mandatory air you have the skirt where I headed to the right side to descend under the east face of notch top.  Keep heading right towards lake Helene.  Be heads up of the slopes to skiers right that can slide.  You will need to skin up to the lake.  Once at the lake I recomend skinning up Flat top where you can get a high perch and ski down and around back to Bear Lake.  Be carefull of getting caught in the thick trees and route finding in the drainage below Lake Helene.

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This is a northern aspect, with tree skiing down low, but up high there are some steeps and gully's. There will not be a lot of sun on this aspect, and the snow will probably be relatively soft and not as wind effected or sun crusted.

How to Get There

Drive east on 190 until you are in the canyon, from there, the stuff on your right will be the southern drainages

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