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.