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The Upper-Bowl Approach


A facile boot-pack/skin to the upper bowl lines.

Freeride Skiing Easy

1.1 km
85 m
34 m
Low Point
3.5 km
High Point
3.6 km
The Upper-Bowl Approach Map

This approach route ascends below the ridge line of Agassiz Peak to Snowbowl's expert terrain. From where the trail leaves the gondola, it ascends below the ridge as a boot pack or a skin/splitbord. After about 5 minutes of walking, you will pass Upper White Lighting on skiers left and will continue till you fully enter the bowl. You can now drop Larry's Line, or If you are looking to drop Big Bowl, Ship-rocks, or Rustler continue hiking to your preferred summit knob. Keep note that during avalanche control operations, a sign, flashing beacon, and warning flags will be posted on the upper-bowl entry gate. Following any new amount of snow or wind, Ski Patrol may be conducting avalanche control work, including the use of explosives.



Wide gentle slopes at around 20 degrees or less.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

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


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and April


  • Bowl
  • Trees
  • Walk Required

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