ElevationAscent: 1' 0 m
Descent: -2,257' -688 m
High: 8,613' 2,625 m
Low: 6,358' 1,938 m
GradeAvg Slope: 22% (12°)
Max Slope: 73% (36°)
Avalanche risk for Apr 5, 2019: Moderate
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern. Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.
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“A fun line highlighted with the steep skiing along "the Wall."”— Cody Feuz
This descent from the summit starts on a south facing ridgeline and then drops into a steep face at the saddle. By staying close to the "Wall," the huge cliff on skiers right, we had powder that was not sun-baked. You can ski all the way back to the Lick Creek Road, and then skin back up to the yurts.
The ridge tends to be what a lot of south facing ridges in this area would be; lots of rocks and wind blown snow. We timed it right and had spring-corn like conditions in Feb. The fun really starts when you drop off the ridge and head down the face. The closer you stay to the "The Wall", skiers right, the safer you'll be. As you venture left, you'll encounter cliff bands, terrain traps and rollovers that all pose risk with the reward of adrenaline that you may be seeking.
After the 1500' vertical of "steep" skiing, you'll have some easy, varied terrain down to lick creek road, (about 800 vertical). There are big rocks/small cliffs to watch out for in this area, as well as a lot of fallen logs from fires that burned a few years ago. These are fun terrain features, but they can surprise you if you aren't staying alert.
There are several alternatives to this descent and if you spend a full day on the peak, you could easily get 2-3 laps of chutes, bowls, and for the adventurous, some moderate to committed cliff bands to play in.
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Land Manager: USFS - Payette National Forest Office