Terrain Park

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Terrain Park

Submitted By: Randonee_Urban on September 01, 2010

Administrator: Randonee_Urban

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Colorado » Front Range

Floral Park Fairway

Floral is a tree run, consisting mostly of pine and spruce trees. The route averages about 40 degrees, and is often prone to sliding in the more open sections. The further South you go, the steeper it gets.

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The Terrain Park is an RMNP classic area for mid-winter backcountry skiers looking for sparse crowds, pillow lines, and, most importantly, DEEP powder.  This area is also used by the Colorado Mountain School for Avalanche 1 classes, so make sure you 're on your Avy Game because you never know who will be asking you about current conditions!

The constant winds of RMNP pick up snow from Longs Peak all the way to Chaos Canyon, where the trees near Lake Haiyaha and Dream Lake strain out the wind, depositing the soft, cushy snow in the north-facing Dream Chutes and in the East Facing Terrain Park runs such as Mario Gully and others. 

After a few storms, this is easily some of the best short-lap powder skiing terrain on the Front Range.

How to Get There

Park at Bear Lake Trailhead (Plowed year-round) and hike to Nymph Lake.  Continue towards Dream Lake, but take a left (south) just before the actual Dream Lake onto the Lake Haiyaha trail (look for a sign poking out of the snow).  From here, ascend the switchbacks through the trees and on top of the large cliffs until you will find your self before an exposed, steep slope.  You can either continue up the ridge (west) to the Dream Lake Chutes, or traverse across the ridge (south) to the east facing runs.

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