Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Trail Map

The new trail map is here !!! The new trail map is here !!! The new trail map is here !!! We have some beautiful, new artwork that includes The Beavers and The Steep Gullies. This map also includes the new trail names. We chose these names for a variety of reasons. A couple of the more commons names, Marmot and Ptarmigan, were chosen because those two specific areas are crawling with marmots and ptarmigan. Some of the trail names like Beaver Bowl, The Steep Gullies and Christmas Trees are nomenclature that has been used to describe these same areas for years. Other names, like Loafer, Davis, Bailey Brothers and Alex, have significant historical meaning for The Basin. In the coming weeks and months, I will share specific details about what some of these names mean.

The map can be found at the link below. This map is very specifically for the 2017/18 season and does not include the chairlift that will be installed for the 2018/19 season. For the 2017/18 season, all the areas in The Beavers and Steep Gullies require a hike at the end of the ski.

Trail Map

14 comments:

Tomdog said...

Looks awesome! Will there be a designated skin-up route back to Cornice Run or Pali Cornice? Also, will the Steep Gullies Hike-Back be skin-friendly?

Can't wait!

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

No designated skin-up route back to the Cornice Run or Pali Cornice. The Steep Gullies Hike Back will be VERY skin-friendly. It is 25 feet wide and will be periodically groomed. Plenty of room for hiking or skinning.

Anonymous said...

Higher-Res please! Thanks.

Nat Baldwin said...

Agreed on the higher-resolution request; the posted map is barely legible when you zoom in to look at details.

Anonymous said...

This is great and thanks for higher res. I haven't had a chance to ski A Basin too much but I noticed that on this new map the hike up Willy's Wide and Corner Chute is about halfway up and then over to the side. But above it it doesn't state "closed area." So can you ever ski from the very top - is it ever open at the very top if there's enough snow pack?

udailey said...

Al I thought that last year there was talk about some new blue runs opening up when the new lift goes into service. Is this still the case but just not shown on the map yet?

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Once the lift is operating, Loafer and Davis will be blue trails. Right now the experience below Loafer and Davis on the Grand Portage and the Steep Gullies Hike Back are black trail experiences.

Anonymous said...

would you say that where Davis and Loafer end and right above the Bald Spot will be the bottom of the new lift or will it go down the Steep Gullies to the Rendezvous Point ? Also, if it goes from the top to where Davis and Loafer end would you say it is about the same length of runs as the Zuma Bowl ? Same distance of lift more or less ? Trying to get a mental picture of the size of that bowl.

Anonymous said...

Exactly where is the skin-up trail in the Steep Gullies?

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

The skin-up trail for the Steep Gullies is the "Steep Gullies Hike Back" found on the bottom right side of the Frontside map.

The bottom terminal of the new lift will be where Davis and Loafer converge.

Anonymous said...

Curious why you always post the detailed map of the East Wall on posts like these, when most of these lines are NEVER open (Marjorie's Bowl in particular).

Anonymous said...

Curious how you post the 'map' of the East Wall fairly often when the vast majority of those routes are never open (Marjorie's Bowl in particular), is that just a bait and switch sort of thing Al?

Chris W. said...

Very cool. As a former ('92-'93) A-Basin janitor, I'm curious about the origin of the trail name "Janitors Only!"

Thom Mackris said...

In response to your comment (above):

"Curious how you post the 'map' of the
East Wall fairly often when the vast majority
of those routes are never open (Marjorie's Bowl
in particular), is that just a bait and switch sort of thing Al? "

Anyone who skis the Basin (or high alpine terrain in general) realizes the nature of the environment - heavy scree, large boulders, etc. and the fact that some lines rarely come into condition because of this, and the harsh nature of the environment.

If it's ONE area that does NOT bait and switch, it's the Basin. Thanks for everything, Al!

... Thom