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Date Sunday  11/26/2017
End Date
Group Gore Range
Event Title Spruce Creek Ski Tour
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Jan Dudley
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Ski
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate I
Trail Mileage 4
Elevation Gain 700-850'
Driving Distance 26 mi from Frisco I-70 Exit 203


Meet at Frisco Safeway at 9 AM. Park farthest from store. Spruce Creek TH is about 3.7 mi south of Breckenridge.Notify leader if driving directly to TH; arrive ready to ski by 10 AM.

For more info Contact

Jan Dudley 719-821-2523


We will ski up the trail to the Mohawk Lakes trailhead then descend down the 4WD Spruce Creek Rd to complete the loop. The trail is a moderate climb through the woods, steep enough to require kicker skins, then a brisk downhill ride back to the TH. Intermediate backcountry downhill skill required. Leader will not be able to scout conditions in advance, so be ready for early season conditions and be flexible.

Bring the usual: 10 essentials and clothing appropriate for the weather, trail lunch/snacks. You do not need avalanche gear.

Be ready for the predicted weather and conditions.
My favorite 10 Essentials List (Summit County Rescue Group
-Navigation: Map & Compass, GPS, extra batteries, watch
-Signaling: Whistle, Mirror, Cell Phone, Surveyor Tape
-Light Source: Headlamp, flashlight, extra batteries
-Nourishment: Water & High Energy food, plus extra
-Shelter: Tarp, Bivvy, Cord
-Fire Building: Storm-proof matches, Fire Starter, Heat Tabs, Knife, Saw
-Personal Protection: Medications, First Aid Kit, Sunscreen, Eye protection, Bug repellent
-Weather protection: Extra Clothing, Rain Gear, Hat, Gloves, Large heavy-duty plastic bag
-Winter Add-ons (if applicable): Avy Beacon, Probe, Shovel


Notes from 2014 scout: I used kicker-skins for the ascent, which held on all the climbs. There are some inclines that the skis would not have held without the kickers. It is a pretty steady uphill for 2 mi, with a few short steep sections. The first creek crossing deserves attention, narrow & deceptive under the snow cover. Previous times I've skied this route, I had a fast descent down the road, but today the descent was fairly arduous, with poling & shuffling to get through the soft snow, just a few tracks in front of me to follow. Pending more new snow, this will get skied down in the next few days, hopefully a bit faster than today.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.