Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.
Topher’s Trees is a double-black area of tight trees between Trestle and Roundhouse, accessed by any of the upper Mary Jane lifts.
The easiest way to get there is to take Trestle down to just before the first steep hill, and then take a right into the woods (you’ll see tracks).
“Topher’s” drops into Corona Way at the end and traverses back to the base.
Expect tight trees with some gullies and rock-drops.
Depending on snow conditions, this could be the real deal for Extreme Heads.
This “trail” was rated #1 best tree skiing area in Colorado by Westword magazine.
Christopher “Topher” Sendroy was an employee at Ski Depot in Winter Park.
He was a well-known local skier who disappeared during a huge St.
Patrick’s Day snowstorm and was found dead in a tree well in this area.
You can see Topher’s memorial plaque from the bottom of the run, looking up from Corona Way.
This area is seriously expert, and is best left alone until well into the winter.
There are already mandatory airs and ollies in there, but when the snowpack is low, it's not worth wrecking your new board tune over.
Beware on deep powder days! A young man died recently from an in-bounds avalanche in a gully here.
Don't go into Topher's alone!