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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

Avalanche risk for Apr 18, 2019: Low

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.

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Bad / Closed 68 days ago See History
Crusty, Windblown, Firm - 02/09/2019 area is very wind blown with a large wind slab check weather especially wind.

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A steep bowl with lots of options and lapping potential.

Jacob Winey
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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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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