Floral Park

Submitted By: Dobish on January 13, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Colorado » Rocky Mountain National Park

Mini AK 9

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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Floral Park is located on the south east side of the pass, It is a western facing slope that starts at treeline and heads downhill towards the second major switchback on the pass at about 9800'. The slope is between 35-42 degrees, with a western aspect. It stays shaded until later in the afternoon, when it will get some sun. The steeper sections are heavily tree covered, but there are some open areas that can be prone to avalanches. The top is often wind scoured as it is often windy above 11,000'. This area includes Pauly's Powder Stash, Floral Park, Jim's Trees, and Telegraph. This is one of the more heavily skied areas in the morning, as people find it easier to hitch up as people are heading towards winter park.

How to Get There

Getting there is easy. Drive to the top of the pass, then head SE on the access road to the right of the parking lot. In less than 1/2 mile, the road will turn back, but the skintrack will continue SE. There are lines to drop in anywhere from 200 yards from the parking lot to .75 miles. The closest line is telegraph, then Jim's Glade, then Floral Park, and Pauly's is the steep line through the cliffs at the top.

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