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The Polar Line

Intermediate
 4.0 (1) SKI LINE

An excellent open slope leads to great, easy tree skiing ending right at the hut.


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Ski Line

11,823' 3,604 m

High

11,120' 3,389 m

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Up

703' 214 m

Down

26%

Avg Slope (14°)

33%

Max Slope (18°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Things generally get more dangerous, and the snow gets worse, above tree line. Only go as high up the bowl as you feel comfortable.

Description

Directions for this area are easy: head uphill as far as you can (or until you hit the ridge of New York Mountain). You'll start in trees but quickly hit treeline and can continue in open slopes. Return the way you came. The tree skiing is at a nice mellow grade and the trees are not too dense.

There is a huge amount of skiable terrain here, and lots of little rolls and fun stuff in the trees. It's easy to get disoriented and miss the hut, however, so perhaps keep your uphill skin track in view until you get comfortable in the area.

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Nick Wilder

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Nothing feels better than finally arriving at the Polar Star Hut after a morning of arduous climbing.
Jan 25, 2017 near Edwards, CO
Some of our group heads off for a day of shredding pow pow in the meow meow!
Jan 25, 2017 near Edwards, CO
Our group chills to the max after a day of skiing deeeeeeep pow!
Jan 25, 2017 near Edwards, CO
The Polar Star Inn is nestled in a small opening beneath towering rocky mountain pines.
Jan 25, 2017 near Edwards, CO
The 11,000' grillmaster!
Feb 10, 2015 near Edwards, CO
Midway Down Polar Line 1/24/19
Jan 13, 2020 near Edwards, CO

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