A vanity free ride face directly across from Arapahoe Basin Ski Area


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The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) 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.


The Professor starts with a steep open face that spits into an avalanche chute.

The entire Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will be able to see the turns you leave behind.

At the very top there is usually a sizable cornice that must be carefully navigated around.

Once skier has dropped in, the pitch is consistent down to where the snow meets the tree line.

Most users will exit skiers left to meet up with the hairpin turn that the pass road makes, but during great seasons it may be possible to continue all the way to the highway at the bottom.