Submitted By: Dobish on November 14, 2010
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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]
Russell Peak is easily accessible with a little bit of a hike, but also can be extremely unstable due to a large cornice that forms at the top of the ridge. Attaining Russell Peak will give you access to a ridgeline that can get you to Oatmeal Bowl, No-Name Peak, Stanley Peak, and Moonlight Basin, with much more to explore from there.
There are high winds generally on Russell, and it is often wind scoured. There are some steeper chutes, as well as more open bowls, but be careful of rollovers and terrain traps.
How to Get There
Russell Peak is located on the west side of Berthoud Pass, along the ridge line from Lift Gully, where the old ski resort used to be. It is one of the most visible peaks from the parking lot, and is past the radio tower. It is located just north of No-Name Peak, and 2 peaks north of the prominent Stanley Peak.
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