Submitted By: Dobish on January 13, 2010
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One of my favorite lines in the front range with lots of options. You can ski the couloir between the double summits for a nice 40 degree pitch with rock wall on either side.
You can also ski the Northeast face. Not sure on the slope angle but it is a open face with limited exposure.
You can ski the South East face for a more mellow descent (better if you started at Butler Gultch) with amazing terrain and small playful features all the way down.
**Take all necessary avalanche precautions. It is not uncommon to get a lot of wind loading in this area due to its proximity to the divide.**
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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