Thursday, February 9, 2017

Steep Gullies Hike Back Trail

The Steep Gullies Hike Back Trail will be about 3,000 feet long and about 25 feet wide, slightly wider than a snowcat. The trail roughly parallels Highway 6 and the North Fork of the Snake River. The River lies between the trail and the highway. Distance from the trail to the highway ranges from 400 to 900 feet. The highway is not visible from the trail. Most of the trail has fairly thick forest on both sides. It has has a moderate uphill climb gaining approximately 300 vertical feet. There is an open section of trail at the bottom of Pallavicini Trail that is about 500 feet long. From that opening there are tremendous views of Black Mountain, The Professor and The Widow (see photo below). The trail will be groomed regularly and if you like moving uphill, you will find it to be an enjoyable and scenic walk or skin. Most people will take 15-30 minutes to reach the bottom of Pallavicini Lift.


20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Once the new chair is in, will skinning back to its base be an option?

anonymous said...

Awseome Al, Thank you for the update. Having skied this area for the last 50 years, it opens some incredible terrain. The idea of hike/skin back is totally in line with the karma of Abasin. The hike should deter people who shouldn't be in this type of terrain. Any news for Vail associates when they will finally build the desperately need parking garage at Keystone? It is quite often now that Abasin's lots fill. While this helps to eliminate lift lines, it does may it difficult for many to get to the ski area. Thanks again for the news.

Anonymous said...

Seems like A-basin is run by Fred Flinstone....lets take 2 years to build a lift (every other ski area can do it in 1), lets put in a slow speed lift, and lets make people hike after skiing the new terrain! Need some new voices in management there. I enjoy reading the blog, but everyone needs to be honest this is stone age.

EyG said...

Wow Anonymous! If you're such an expert on ski area operations, expansion and construction then why don't you have a ski area?

This is not the first area and won't be the last to spread construction of a lift across two seasons. Get over it!

Rachel said...

If hike-back terrain keeps people like anonymous from coming to A-Basin, I'm all for it.

Anonymous said...

Fred Flintstone? Take your snowboard and expertise and get back to Vail resorts. SCAB.

Anonymous said...

It takes significantly more time to build ski lifts environmentally without building access roads. Furthermore there is quite a bit of thining and preparing of the glades that needs to be done. the fixed grip quad will help ensure that the lift can run during intense wind events when detachables cannot. I am excited and surprised that there will be controlled access next season, So cheers to the Abasin team for making that possible.
-DF

Nikolajs Burvikovs said...

Anonymous is a moron and afraid to post his name online. Get over yourself. This plan is sustainable, and ABasin knows what they are doing.

I am all for the hike back, as others have said it will limit people like Anonymous from getting into terrain he/she shouldn't be in.

What's next anonymous? Will you start complaining that the east wall doesn't have a lift?

Keep ABasin the way it is, don't go the way of Vail resorts... Anyone that disagrees, do you enjoy paying $150+ for a single day lift ticket, or the huge price increases on season passes year after year?

Anonymous said...

What makes a high speed quad expedited bullshit better? Do you even understand what Abasin stood for at one point? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't $25 cheeseburgers or a 6 person lift servicing groomed blue runs.

Anonymous said...

Fred, I know you and Barney are doing what is best for the ski experience, my regards to Wilma.

Anonymous said...

The true pain in the *** is training the brontosaurus to place the lift towers.

Kenny Alford said...

Please don't lump snowboarders in with Fred Flintstone. 1 plank or 2 does not make that mentality and it is not what Abasin is all about

. said...

Everyone shut your pie holes and go skiing. Regards, Larry Grossman

Charlie Cundiff said...

As Al mentioned in another post there are several reasons why it will take two seasons to build the lift.

One is that A-Basin's season is often 4 months longer than other resorts. Another is that they will not be allowed to build a road into the beavers. So two-thrids less time, in addition to a slower build due to tricky access led to their decision to give it two building seasons. We know they can build in one as they got Exo done that fast.

As for hiking back from the steep chutes, you can read some of the many reports they have published. The main issue is that there is no environmentally sound way to put a lift all the way to the bottom. So now you can get to ski this terrain, which will be avalanche controlled, and patrolled and hike back on a maintained trail. That is a step up in safety and in ease of access.

giles conway said...

Dear "honest" and anonymous hater,

Glad you won't be gaping up the terrain back there. Abasin is run by thoughtful, dedicated and good people who want to keep this crown jewel of Colorado as pristine as the day it was opened.

The hike out will keep haters like you at Keystone and Breck!

giles conway said...

Here, here! (Skier)

Brian said...

Maybe a basin should put in an escalator from the early riser lot to the base so anonymous doesn't have to walk up any stairs

Dale Furry said...
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Dale Furry said...

I love the Basin and this thread has me holding my sides. I don't think you should be allowed to post anonymously. Enjoy this amazing snow season!

Anonymous said...

It is really funny to hear people complain about hike back terrain, no one ever complained about hike to terrian. You don't want to earn your turns, then dont. But stop complaining. All the best ski areas have hike to terraine. This is awesom news for A-Basin.