Big Drop Access
ElevationAscent: 505' 154 m
Descent: -24' -7 m
High: 9,048' 2,758 m
Low: 8,567' 2,611 m
GradeAvg Slope: 8% (5°)
Max Slope: 21% (12°)
Popular ski lines nearby
Mark's Ghost East
0.4 mi 0.7 km • -840 ft Descent • -256.13 m Descent
Mark's Ghost Middle
0.3 mi 0.5 km • -588 ft Descent • -179.18 m Descent
Mark's Ghost Variation
0.1 mi 0.2 km • -245 ft Descent • -74.75 m Descent
0.2 mi 0.4 km • -533 ft Descent • -162.49 m Descent
1.5 mi 2.4 km • -2,417 ft Descent • -736.55 m Descent
Circle All Trees
0.3 mi 0.5 km • -701 ft Descent • -213.71 m Descent
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“The route from which the Big-Drop runs drop!”— Anonymous
Also, a friend of mine gave me a first-hand account of a terrible avalanche that took place on Big-Drop 1, and I've heard other first-hand accounts of avalanches occurring up along B-ridge. Though the avalanche danger here is generally less than that of the tri-canyon area, it's good to be reminded that avalanches can and do happen here every season. Sometimes you can piggy-pack off of Powder-Bird guide's avalanche mitigation work, but don't let this be your only reason for thinking a slope is safe.
Note that the top of BD12 is a massive wind-drift, and the run itself is perhaps the most aesthetic of them all, yet it is often ominously left untouched by Powder-Bird guides when they've taken everything else. This might be a clear message as to the stability of the run. Or it may be that they throw their clients down nothing that doesn't slide for them after they throw a bomb at it, and BD12 just doesn't slide for them. In any case, consider this a caution.
Get up early for the big-drop runs! If you hear a chopper on the approach, you're probably too late! That said, I've heard that the heli-skiers will let you have a slope if they see you've gotten there first. A friend of mine told me a story where he reached a big-drop run just as a helicopter was about to land on it. The pilot was startled a bit, then waved off in apology.
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