Cornice

Lake Tahoe

Northstar California

A large Cornice atop Sawtooth Ridge

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
650 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
180 m
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
25˚
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Cornice Map

Description

This is one of the few areas where proper cornices will develop at any area of Northstar. As you make the hike up and get to the top of the Sawtooth Ridge area you will be atop an area that is very wind exposed which allows for a large cornice to form and create potential snowdrops into the North facing zone. Ski Patrol will always assess the safety of the cornice but it always wise to poke at the ridge to make sure it's safe and always be aware of unsettled snow conditions.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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