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Broken Top: Clock Couloirs

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  • Great camping locations at the base of Broken Top allow for easy access.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Flat and straightforward approach to Broken Top.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Skinning in to Broken Top.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Skinning in to Broken Top.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • The route is straightforward throughout.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Broken Top.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Gaining a ridge on Broken Top.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Boot packing to reach the ridge- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Boot-packing is required to reach the ridges along Broken Top.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Sunset turns before returning to camp below. Mount Bachelor is in the background.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • South facing slopes often provide great corn skiing.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Racing the pup back to camp.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • The flat and forested approach requires maps and/or a GPS to stay on-course.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • A beautiful sunset caps a great day on Broken Top.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Scoping lines for the next day on Broken Top.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
  • Getting to camp just before sunset.- Broken Top: Clock Couloirs
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude. Great skiing. Easy access.
Cons: 
Parking.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Max slope angle: 
30-45 degrees
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Total Distance: 
14.00 mi (22.53 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,300.00 ft (1,920.24 m)
Vertical descent: 
3,100.00 ft (944.88 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The south side of Broken Top has many classic ski lines with great views of Mount Bachelor, Mount Thielsen, and Diamond Peak. There are several ski lines off of the summit ridge of Broken Top, many of which reference a clock to describe their location within the bowl. 3:00, 11:00, and 9:00 colouirs are the obvious lines that feed down to the same bowl. 

Because of the south-facing aspect, these lines are best skied in spring corn conditions or during winter cold spells. Most people will use a snowmobile to cut out a portion of the approach until hitting the wilderness boundary near Todd Lake. The 7-mile approach can be done in one day, but it is best enjoyed as an overnight trip to take full advantage of the skiing.

From the Flying Duchman Sno-Park, you'll follow Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway for 1.8 miles to the junction with Todd Lake Road. Proceed to Todd Lake and continue around the west shore. From the northeast end of the lake continue north through the forest, and be sure you are equipped with navigational aids such as a GPS and map and compass. The forest clears out at about 6,800 feet, making for plenty of great opportunities to set up camp.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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