Powdery Spine into a cliff drop option


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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.

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


This can be one of the most technical steep lines in Breckenridge.

It starts out with a steep choke between rocks and then enters skier's right onto a spine.

This spine is the vertical cornice.

It can ski very well or very firm depending on the wind conditions and new snow.

After skiing the spine, you have three options: ski off the spine to the skier's right and out to the bottom or line up the cliff known as "Pyramid Rock." The Pyramid Rock is one of the largest in-bounds cliffs in all of Breckenridge.

Please understand that this cliff has to have the proper snow conditions to hit it, and every year it is different.

The first option off Pyramid Rock is to ski off the skier's left shoulder with a lot of speed and prepare for flat landing.

The second option is to ski off the point of the cliff.

Depending on the snow year, this cliff's size varies, and can be up to 60ft in a vertical drop.

Usually, it is anywhere from 35-50 ft in height.

You must take it at least 60 ft out in order to make sure you clear everything.

Speed is your friend and prepare for the landing.

Good luck.