Submitted By: Dobish on January 13, 2010
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There are several ways to work your way down through the Chutes. You can ski both chutes via the relatively open fall lines, but you don't have to be blind to see the obvious tree runs surrounding the chutes, as well as the numerous pillow/cliff drop options.
Because most of the snow is wind-deposited, there can be some spots that are uber deep, but directly adjacent to a pillow might be only a couple of inches covering rocks. Remember this when you are thinking about going big. Also, some of the landings can be surprising flat.[more]
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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