Monday, February 3, 2014

East Wall

This past storm was very good to the East Wall. We have enough snow out there for some pretty good skiing. Now the real work has begun. Saturday the Ski Patrol had a couple of good sessions with the avalauncher causing slides in Willy's Wide, both Falls, and everything North of Hershey. That work was followed Sunday by a couple of hand routes in the North Pole zone. Monday's work included cleanup in The Tree Chutes and Humbug Chutes. Additional avalauncher work brought down a decent slide in Hershey.

The forecast for the week is for unsettled weather and some new snow. It is way too early to pick a day for the East Wall opening, but we are off to a great start out there. Stay tuned for more action.

Bummer about the Broncos.






16 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks like it's early April out there

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Al!
-The guy that asked for an east wall update when you were driving the shuttle

Anonymous said...

Hey Al,

Question on the Tree Chutes. As you know, that's a long traverse/hike for snowboarders. Would it be possible to put a skin track in for resort splitboarders/AT skiers to access it from mid mountain? I splitboard and think that would be great!

Scott McCaslin said...

It was really cool to watch the Avilauncher on Saturday. Can't wait for the wall to open.

Scott said...

Hi Al I have never skied the east wall before, but have skied all of the other challenging terrain at the basin including some of the steepest lines at Pali and Zuma. What run would you recommend for my first ever east wall run? In other words, what run on the east wall is the least difficult?

Scott McCaslin said...

It was fun watching the prep work on the East Wall. That avilauncher is way cool.

Anonymous said...

Does a map exist that shows all of the routes on the East Wall? The trail map shows Tree Chutes, Corner, Willies, and North Pole, but I don't see Hershey, either of both Falls, or Humbug Chutes. Also, I've heard of something called Snorkel, First Notch, and possibly more that I am forgetting.

Anonymous said...

North Pole is easiest

Anonymous said...

Make your own creative way down the mountain

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

A few comments.

Interesting comment about a skin track to The Tree Chutes. We have never really discussed that. We will kick it around. Once, about 20 years ago we put in a boot pack from the bottom of Lenawee up into the Tree Chutes. We did that because the Tree Chutes had good snow and the rest of the Wall did not.

Scott, the great thing about the East Wall is that you can see everything. Head out the Upper Traverse to the middle of the Wall. The deepest snow tends to be in the gullies. Pick a good line and enjoy keeping in mind it is a rugged place. Keep your speed down. Don't go to North Pole first run.

The East Wall map idea is a good one. We do have a pretty decent internal map. Maybe we can polish it up and put it on the internet.

Jon said...

A detailed map of the East Wall would be awesome!

Anonymous said...

Yeah it would. I highly encourage it

John PZ said...
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John PZ said...

When does the East Wall typically open on average and what is the earliest East Wall opening historically? Looking forward to it for sure!

Rodney Ramsay said...

I've been meaning to catch you and talk to you about something similar..

Next season will be the 30th since Turbo was killed. Wouldn't be cool
if we could do a special map with all the patrol run names? That way folks could know about Snot Slot, Hot Wheels, Respect Ridge, Grand Dad's, TJ's, Hersey Highway, and all the other cool names that aren't
on the map.

Have you seen the Crested Butte "Extremes" map (or some such title)?
It's a special booklet that talks about the signature runs. I'll see if I can dig it up and take a picture.. That's sorta the format I had in mind.

I didn't really know Turbo, he was killed during my 1st season but I
do know he left a pretty big A-Basin legend.

I don't know anything about printing or graphic design either,, just day dreaming.

P.S. I've been scouring the web for the Turbo Air poster off Kong Rocks, as a way to get folks fired up. Remember that? Sick!

Anonymous said...

Any update on the East Wall. I'd love to hit it in the next few days if you can get it open!!