Submitted By: Dobish on November 14, 2010
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There are a couple of different lines down Marjorie Bowl, but the main line follows the ridge line down the fall line. The top part of this descent is very steep and often directly under a cornice. Proper terrain management is a must. You want to make sure that you have seen the route and you know that the line goes through. The main lines to skiers left are most often filled in, whereas there are alternate routes to skiers right that do not always get filled in. The apron of the descent pans out and often the snow will change at the exit where it opens up. Because these are north facing couliors, they are often shaded and the snow is firmer. There are no trees to hold the snow, so be prepared for variable conditions.[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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