The Needle is about as steep and long as it gets, making it one of the most coveted and primo lines in the Wasatch.

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

If you catch sight of this stunning line, you'll want to ski it.

It's a chore to get to, but well worth the journey.

From White Pine Trailhead follow the road then trail to Red Pine Canyon, cross the bridge and skin up into Maybird Drainage, head up and over the Maybird/Hogum Divide.

From here ski down to the base of the Hypodermic Needle, boot directly up the Needle.

Skiing right off the ridge is mellow, but the chute rolls over and steepens to around 50 degrees and stays that way for over 1000 feet.

In lean snow years there can be some rocks to negotiate near the top.

The line is long and clean with plenty of time to savor the steep turns until the welcoming apron opens up and you're left with another thousand feet of great skiing.

From here you might as well boot back up and exit out of Coalpit since you're in the neighborhood.