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a-basin east wall

Postby dubsho3000 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:00 am

Does anyone think A-Basin might open the East Wall (above the traverse) this weekend? Is it even close? When was the last time it was open?


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Postby dubsho3000 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:36 am

Heh - ask and ye shall receive. Sweet!

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Re: a-basin east wall

Postby Hungry Jack » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:14 pm

On a related note--I am curious. Has anyone ever traversed Black Mountain between Grizzly and the top of A-Basin? That ridge looks nasty.
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Postby FireOnTheMountain » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:35 pm

Hungry Jack wrote:On a related note--I am curious. Has anyone ever traversed Black Mountain between Grizzly and the top of A-Basin? That ridge looks nasty.


Hm. Where's Black Mtn? Close to Lenawee?
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Re: a-basin east wall

Postby Jim Davies » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:40 pm

Between Grizzly and Lenawee. It's the jagged ridge that's viewer's left of the East Wall.
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Postby FireOnTheMountain » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:45 pm

k thats what I figured. Did the full traverse between Griz and top of A-basin (AKA where the skiers get dumped off the lift) in early winter conditions.

Not super heinous but interesting. Bad rock 2nd half the traverse, lots of gendies (cool people talk for gendarmes). Odd thing it was difficult finding beta on the route with snow. Ended up descending the slopes with all the skiers flying by. I would venture to say its been done a lot.
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Re: a-basin east wall

Postby AlexMack » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:19 pm

FireOnTheMountain wrote:k thats what I figured. Did the full traverse between Griz and top of A-basin (AKA where the skiers get dumped off the lift) in early winter conditions.

Not super heinous but interesting. Bad rock 2nd half the traverse, lots of gendies (cool people talk for gendarmes). Odd thing it was difficult finding beta on the route with snow. Ended up descending the slopes with all the skiers flying by. I would venture to say its been done a lot.

That sounds pretty fun. I'm curious though, how would that work in the winter in regards to legality issues, access etc. Hiking the East Wall ridge when it's not open sounds like a quick way to get some negative attention from ski patrol. But perhaps it would only matter if you were trying to ski it? What about re-entering the ski area where the normal gate to enter the upper East Wall hike is? Perhaps I'm over-thinking? That sounds like a fun way to spend a day!
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Re: a-basin east wall

Postby Mountainfreak4465 » Sun May 12, 2013 6:51 pm

don't know if you headed up yet and this is probably a bit late but the upper east wall has been skiing great. I hit narrow north and north on 5/2 and it was probably the best in bounds skiing i've ever done in the month of May.

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