Thursday, January 30, 2020

East Wall

The East Wall is an iconic A-Basin Place. From skiing wide open powder slopes to hiking steep, high elevation, narrow chutes, The Wall offers amazing experiences. I just spent some time looking at our East Wall data for the last 39 years. During that period, the EW opening day is highly variable. There was a December opening back in 1989. Generally, it opens sometime in January, February or March. There were two drought seasons, 2001-02 and 2011-12, that it did not open.

So far this season, the avalanche crew has spent a great deal of time working North Pole, Willie's Wide, The Tree Chutes and lots of points in between. There is a fair bit of snow on the ground. That ground has some very large rocks. Today we have a 45" mid mountain base. Typically, the East Wall opens when the base is somewhere north of 50". When will it open? One storm, two storms, three storms? It is hard to say just when, but we are well on our way to getting this last big chunk of terrain open.