The main line through the Pinnacle zone

Statistics

Analysing terrain data

Exposure

Exposure

The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs…) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

Medium Exposure (E2)As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Description

The 2nd Pinnacle is one of the most direct and straightforward lines in the Pinnacles - you can see it easily from the highway as you drive to Bridger Bowl.

Head South from Saddle, past Argentina bowl.

You will pass over two separate mini bowls/ snowfields.

The third bowl kind of rolls over fall line; this is the one you want.

You can enter here, or go a little more south to the next high point and ski one of two flutes down to the crux.

This upper bowl is about 500 feet long and rolls over at 37 degrees.

As you head down, you'll see the crux which can be a small 4 feet hop, or an easy ski through depending on snow levels.

Here you will be amazed by the aesthetics of this zone as there are towering walls on either side of you.

Once you get through the pinch, you still have a few hundred feet of low angle pow to shred.

Hit the clear cut meadow, put your skins on, and hike north back to the Saddle traverse.