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Flute and Lesser Flute to Singing Pass Trail (Winter)
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.21 - 12:00:18
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges / Fitzsimmons Range
  (1 days) Generally gently rolling terrain; good routefinding skills will result in a better experience.
This is a popular short tour route, especially when visibility is not great. There are two easy routes to access Flute Summit: either by the Musical Bumps Whistler Mountain to Singing Pass (Winter) route or off Burntstew Basin, through Boundary Bowl, up through the Rice Krispie Glades, to the northwest face of Lesser Flute. Visibility and snow stability will likely determine your choice.

From Flute Summit (GR431053), the east face can be descended in most conditions. If avalanche danger is high, there are some areas of concern, as the descent may involve a number of convex rolls. If the snowpack is quite stable, there are some steep chutes off the east face of Lesser Flute that quickly drop into a gladed zone that provides better visibility in poor weather and steeper runs. Bear in mind that most of the glades you are skiing are a result of climax avalanche activity. [photo]ricegladesTh.jpg[caption]Dropping into Rice Krispie Glades[/photo]

Whichever range of routes you choose, descending due east will eventually bring you to the headwaters of Oboe Creek (433065). At this point there will be a variety of short slopes enticing you to put on the skins to make a climbing route. The route up to Oboe Summit is straight forward and offers some excellent descents back into the Oboe drainage. In particular, dropping off the northeast face of Oboe Ridge provides some fine, short tree runs.

When there is good snow to the Whistler Valley below, a descent can be made down Oboe Creek. The route is almost due north until the creek begins a gentle turn to the northeast. At this point, one will likely find that steeper slopes tend to push the skier to the left bank. This is generally the best way to go.

The Singing Pass Trail is not always obvious on the...

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