Top of the Wall

Kirkwood

Lake Tahoe

Incredibly steep corniced slope great for steep turns and littered with small cliffs

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
312 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
151 m
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
40˚
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Description

Incredibly steep slope littered with small cliffs that can be heavily corniced up top. It is the area that runs along the summit of the mountain. About halfway across the top is the hardest part and mostly gets avoided due to a decently sized cliff. CAUTION – traverse tracks run just below the steepest portion. High speed turns and landings off cliffs may be difficult on non-powder days. The easiest entrance is the furthest part down the ridge which acts as a natural saddle. On large snowpack years it can be groomed.

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, April, November, December

Features

  • Cliffs

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