Tourist Trap is a quick section of Riva Ridge that is very steep for a groomed black at Vail. A great name for this section.

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Tourist Trap is a quick section of Riva Ridge that is very steep for a groomed black at Vail.

A great name for this section.

It is a choke, which wraps around left with big ridges and then drops down to the right.

It's very steep and because of that many intermediates get scared and side slip the snow off the trail.

Thus this is frequently icy; at least by Colorado standards.

This does end quickly though with the ending blue part of Riva Ridge.

If you are apprehensive here, take a right onto Skid Road and come back on Compromise, a trail made so you don't have to go down Tourist Trap.

Or if you're really over your head, you can continue on Skid Road and make your way back on the Northface Catwalk which takes you to the final short blue pitch on Riva Ridge.