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Mark's Ghost West

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0.3 mile 0.6 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -623' -190 m
High: 8,231' 2,509 m
Low: 7,608' 2,319 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 34% (19°)
Max Slope: 45% (24°)
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Trail shared by Spencer Parkin

Avalanche risk for Nov 26, 2017: Low

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

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My secret powder stash, oops, you didn't read that!

Spencer Parkin
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

This is my go-to on bad-snow days, but it is a higher risk than most other runs off Bountiful Ridge. I guess I'm not worried about advertising this run, because most people are too lazy to get to it. To get to this run, you really have to want to ski it, because there is a lot of good ski terrain you have to pass up before you get to it.

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When everything else is sun-crusted, icy, or otherwise terrible, Mark's Ghost West often holds preserved or recrystallized powder. On a day when I was super bummed about the horrible snow conditions all along the approach to Mark's Ghost West, the bowl itself completely surprised me with better turning and snow quality than what I've ever experienced at any other time on B-Ridge. It just goes to show that on bad-snow days, you just have to know where to look for the good stuff!

The key here is the shaded, northeast aspect, but this also factors into potential instability.

From the top of this run, you can't see to the bottom, because there are trees in the way that make you think there may not be any good shots, but don't be fooled! Wiggling through the trees reveal several little open pitches of snow in an area scenic enough to make your heart explode! If after reaching the bottom, you find red snow, you'll know what happened.

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Looking back up at Mark's Ghost West after finishing my 3rd lap.
Mar 28, 2019 near North S…, UT
Looking up near the bottom of Mark's Ghost West.  There are open pitches of snow up above the trees.
Mar 28, 2019 near North S…, UT
You can ski further down after reaching the bottom of the "V" of Black's Peak Apron, as shown here.
Jan 1, 2019 near North S…, UT
I think this is looking down Crescent Ridge. Great ski runs are to be had left and right of it. The ridge itself is a good ascent option, though it gets steeper and steeper near the top.
Dec 23, 2018 near North S…, UT
Here you can see my ski tracks in Flap-Doodle Bowl.  You can also see one of my skin tracks.  This picture was taken while ascending Crescent ridge.
Dec 23, 2018 near North S…, UT
Looking back along Bountiful Ridge at my skin tracks.
Dec 23, 2018 near North S…, UT

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