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First Notch

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Ascent

-421' -128 m

Descent

55%

Avg Slope (29°)

90%

Max Slope (42°)

12,583' 3,835 m

High

12,162' 3,707 m

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A satisfying, dramatic line down the obvious west-most chute on the East Wall.

Rachel Vecchitto

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Type: In Bounds (completely inside ski area boundary)

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Accessed from the North Pole Gate, First Notch is the first entrance you encounter as you traverse across the ridge on top of the East Wall. It's a very obvious entrance and a popular line. You can't miss it.

The entrance is often fairly rocky, requiring some side-stepping to get over the rocks and start skiing, but not tough otherwise. In good snow years, you can ski right in.

First Notch is a little bit steep, but mostly wide enough to have plenty of room to choose your turns. The setting in general is awesome and a lot of fun; you're between the rock walls of the chute for the entire descent. There's one choke point about 2/3 of the way down that's around 2 ski widths wide. You can still choose your turns, but being able to hop turn confidently makes things more enjoyable.

Once you're through the choke point, there's just a few more turns until you pop out onto the apron above the lower East Wall traverse.

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