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Half Dome Bowl

Intermediate/Difficult
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0.2 mile 0.3 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -475' -145 m
High: 12,530' 3,819 m
Low: 12,055' 3,674 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 44% (24°)
Max Slope: 50% (27°)
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Trail shared by Jacob Winey

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A steep bowl with lots of options and lapping potential.

Jacob Winey
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

If you exit back to Highway-91 by skiing down the gulch, be sure to keep left as it starts to mellow out to avoid hitting the Ten Mile Creek before the road crosses it.

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Take a careful look at your options as you hike up the ridge of Half Dome and pick out your line. There are a number of chutes in the bowl that all funnel into a couple main exits. All the lines look like a lot of fun. The main hazards are dealing with cornices (30'+) and cliff bands.

The bowl faces north-east, so the mix of indirect sunlight and wind-loading makes for good snow. Also, it's very easy to lap by skinning back up the north-west facing chute to the skier's right at the bottom.

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Half Dome, with the bowl on the left and face on the right.
May 19, 2018 near Copper…, CO
Half Dome Bowl, from below.
May 19, 2018 near Copper…, CO
Harry, riding out the bottom of the bowl (it's bigger than it looks)
May 19, 2018 near Copper…, CO

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