Abes

Vail

A classic big air descent

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
1.3 km
Ascent
3 m
Descent
484 m
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
38˚
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Description

This is the most straightforward run to find in East Vail, however, it can be the most difficult to navigate. Abe's starts at the treed corner pocket (skiers left) off the top of Benchmark, and curves slightly north to the entry of Tweeners on skiers right. The treed zone of Abe's is less air, but can be tough to maneuver, and find clean, safe lines. The majority of Abes has mandatory air, including one classic 30+ footer. Exposure in Abes is significant and a solid cornice can build up in the right conditions. Make sure to clear the run out zone at the bottom while waiting for your partners. This is an area you may want to avoid during days of storm, and wind slab warnings as the likelihood of avalanche can be significant since Abes drops you into the middle of the main basin, the rest of the run is easy to follow out. There are a variety of ways to ski out the basin, be aware of the slopes above you, watch for drops and one ice fall when the valley narrows. All tracks will lead to a fun lower meadow, often times sun baked in the spring, and the single track back to the bus.

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

Features

  • Cliffs

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