Submitted By: mtnfiend on November 27, 2011
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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.[more]
I believe Mt Helen (13,164 ft) is considered a sub peak of Crystal. It's mellow east facing slope can provide good skiing opportunities mid winter (given coverage) thru spring, and it' south slopes contains more exciting options that are more worthy of a spring descent.
How to Get There
One way to get there is by parking at the spruce creek TH (10,400) just south on hwy 9 from Breckenridge (turn off hwy 9 at spruce creek rd.). Follow the spruce creek road to the plow turn around/parking lot/trail head.
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