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This is a fun variation on the classic W facing run off Nito.
It gets a lot of sun due to its aspect, though it is more featured because it is protected from the dominant winds.
The exit is a bit more tricky than the other runs and it is recommended to either know the creek bed exit by hiking up it once, or have local information confirm the creek bed is filled in.
To get to this run, it is recommended to follow the Nito Ascent W route as this is an easier ascent but if you are unfamiliar with the terrain, follow the Nito Ascent S route, as it will answer any questions you may have about the exit, and get you familiar with any outstanding hazards. From the summit of Nito, descend to the E/SE into the large, tree filled bowl.
Be wary of the top section, as that can develop a cornice, and is a large, potential start zone.
If feeling confident with the snow, drop in to this bowl and trend to the riders right.
After 100 metres, small, scrubby trees will begin to grow.
They tighten briefly before opening up into a playground of widely spaced trees, humps and stumps to launch off of.
The terrain benches after roughly 150 metres.
Particularly if skiing this zone before February, stop immediately as the terrain levels off for two reasons.
First, there is a large creek that rarely fills in completely, and frequently has snowdrifts that overhang the creek banks.
Second, it makes the return much easier. To return, either for another lap or to get back to the trailhead, traverse and follow the creek bed S.
You will round a corner that may require a short sidestep to get around before being able to head uphill again, or down and out.
This route can be tedious for snowboarders in deep snow.
Because this zone is a bit more difficult to access, it is a good idea to take multiple laps through here, so bring lots of snacks and water for a longer day. When heading out, be wary of the creek if you accessed this zone in early season.
It is recommended to either walk up the creek bed from the road so you know which obstacles you will encounter, or hike back to the bench, and ski to the Nito SW descent to return to Route 66.
If doing this, remember to be careful of the water bar before the road.
Once on the road, follow it to the left past the big blue road sign and back to the trailhead.