Saturday, April 20, 2013

North Pole Ridge and Willy's Wide

The North Pole Gate and Willy's Wide staircase were open for hiking at 9 AM this morning.  While I didn't get a chance to go up Willy's, I did squeeze in a North Pole hike.  Cruising along that ridgeline is an experience you don't get at many other ski areas.  Certainly the East Wall hiking is one of the extra special events at A-Basin.  Don't forget though, this is Extreme Terrain and for Experts Only.  The hike is dramatic by itself, then you add the big skiing.












18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is the Snorkelnose open?

Anonymous said...

Is the snorkel nose open?

Michael Negler said...

Your comments on the East Wall hiking sums up my disappointment that it wasn't part of The Grind, even though it was open. I should have abadoned the race and hiked instead.

Anonymous said...

I love the North Pole hike! Right on for getting it open!

Phil said...

What is open exactly off the North Pole hike? Thanks Al and ski patrol for getting stuff open!

Anonymous said...

I came with my child on 4/20. I was unaware that the snow jam was going on. In the future could you please post all events on the home page? I was appalled at the scene around the beginner hill(bottom of molly Hogan/the beach). Drunks and stoners running around smoking and cursing, music so loud I could not talk to him without yelling. Not a place I wanted my 7 year old exposed to. I have no problem with the event, but having no warning of it so I could make a choice to not have my 7 year old with me is inexcusable. You knew it would be happening, why no mention of it on the site?

Anonymous said...

Does it look like 1st and 2nd notch will open this year? I noticed some good coverage and patrol lines down them today.

Clinton Herrera said...

Can you please tell me what run your are looking down on picture 6?

Thank you,

Turtle

Come now said...

You also came on 4/20....Come on now....

It's not my thing. I'm guessing it's not yours. But you can't act surprised....

Dave said...

That looks like the Second Notch in pic 6. Although I'm a bit unsure Al would post a pic of a currently closed run. Do I win a cookie if I'm right? Will be up Thursday - can't wait!

Clinton Herrera said...

Moved to Colorado last year. I had heard of the epic Winter before so it was though a lot of fun definitely a let down. THIS YEAR on the other hand has been unreal. Discovered many great hikes, challenging terrain, and the East Wall. AWESOME. Been studying the 1st and 2nd notch. Watching the gate and weather and snow conditions. I had thought from the pic that was the 1st notch. Would love to know. Otherwise I will wait to look for myself. Al?

Clinton Herrera said...

If I am right can I have the cookie!

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Lots of East Wall and North Pole comments. Sorry that NP was not in the Grind. We actually opened it after the Grind had started.

Up in the North Pole area, East and West Vertical Cornice, Narrow North Pole and North Pole were open. We just might get the Notches open before things are done.

The photo in Picture 6 is 1st Notch.

With continued snowfall, I am expecting the hiking to just get better and better.

Right now, we have not had the hiking open up to Snorklenose. That could be changing soon.

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Regarding 4 20, I am sorry that was a tough day with your child. The day is something we certainly do not endorse or condone. It is not an event we promote. We hired a couple of deputies to help keep it under control. Unfortunately, our guests are a reflection of society and some of our society likes 4 20. Personally, I wish the day would go away and we could focus on having a great time skiing and riding. Again, I am sorry that was difficult with your family.

Clinton Herrera said...

Appreciate the hard work to get such awesome terrain open! First hike and run on the Wall was exactly what I was looking for. Counting the minutes til a second. Maybe tomorrow?? Time to collect my cookie :)

Turtle

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Find me Turtle and I will get you a cookie. The oatmeal raisin is my favorite.

Clinton Herrera said...

As far as the 420 post... I do not partake at my age, but the freedom to express your individual personality is a beauty I have come to love about A Basin. Like the sick terrain that is opened outside of the gates... Please understand and protect the freedom of expression that sets A Basin apart. While some people do tend to take their recreation to the extreme, closed minds close gates.

Clinton Herrera said...

Unreal powder day! Thanks and praise to the ski patrol... One of the first 5 lifts up I was drooling over the untracked powder. I had visions in my head of high winds and the Montezuma closed (get ready to bomb it and enjoy the only untracked run before the crowd rolled in). What a surprise to get to the top and find it already opened! Even better after the 30 second hike "what"?? The gate is open too?? HIking up I look over and a patroller looks back, smiles, nods, and moves on... 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th run Heli ski quality!! Patrol knew what type a day it was. A rare blessing from heaven. I did not get my North pole fix that I had my mind originally set on. Patrol hiked and looked to be setting charges, but it was just not meant to be today. Hey, no reason to be greedy... It really does not get any better than this. Spring skiing and calling in sick just took a whole new meaning. THANK YOU FOR THE EFFORTS PATROL. Only thing missing was my cookie Al...