From 449036, one can take the easy northwest slopes of Piccolo Summit to point 437043. A choice of short, skiable routes descend from this point, depending upon the prevailing winds during the most recent storm and avalanche conditions. The normal descent is on gentle slopes to the southeast. Snow cover will be variable on this aspect, as strong westeries and northeasterlies regularly redistribute snow on this slope and there are lots of shale outcrops scattered across the slope.
After descending to 432048, begin climbing the west ridge of Flute Summit. Usually, it makes some sense to work towards the southwest aspect to find the most consolidated snow. From the top of Flute, several options are possible, depending on snow conditions. Often, the best snow is found to skiers' right of the marked Baldwin Route. If the winds have been howling, there is a series of small swales that descend the southeast ridge to some trees. These often contain large stashes of storm snow.
Another alternative is to move directly east from Flute Summit, dropping towards the headwaters of Oboe Creek (428065). This route does not require much more climbing, but often provides much better snow conditions. Regardless of choice of route, one will want to work back up to the southern end of Oboe Summit (423070). From this point, those wishing to arrive in Singing Pass will descend southeast to... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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