I never made it to the top of the headwall, no. It is almost a 45 degree angle to sea level up there. Your ski tails are at the back of your head!Tuckerman Ravine? That's on my bucket list; I doubt I'll have the stones to go off the headwall but I'd love to make the trip.
It is almost a 45 degree angle to sea level up there.
I never made it to the top of the headwall, no. It is almost a 45 degree angle to sea level up there. Your ski tails are at the back of your head!
Last season there was a big snow whale on the steepest part of the small hill I patrol at, and the backside of it was right at 45 degrees for about 20 vertical feet (I measured it). I got my edges razor sharp and hit that thing a few dozen times, and man, it seemed like I was going over a cliff every time I did it. Steepest thing I've ever been on; by the time it was groomed out I didn't look like a total newbie, but dropping in over hundreds of vertical feet of it? Not likely.100% grade is more freefall than freeskiing.
Hit my million vertical feet on a warm day of spring skiing last Friday. Then winter returned for the weekend at 5000' altitude and above, but I wasn't free to ski.
Next Friday/Saturday are the final days at my main area. Then through Memorial Day my other pass will still work, with the high lift going up to 8200'. With a short climb up and over the lift house, the quiet out-of-bounds upper mountain is available for for skiing. Safe, if you are savvy.