Beaver Trees Pali

Arapahoe Basin

Steep tight trees

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
1.5 km
Ascent
5 m
Descent
515 m
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
34˚
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Description

This is backcountry off the Pali Chair. This zone can be accessed from the top of the Pali Chair, get off the chair and drop down to the skier's left, looking for the backcountry gate. Enter the gate and follow the access to the steep gullies except stay hard skier's left and drop into the trees. These trees are very tight but there are good turns in here. This zone skis well in mid-winter and earlier in the day. Keep in mind, it is SW facing so the snow gets sun quickly. Follow the line out into a small gully and keep your speed through the dead spots. You will then encounter a second pitch with some trees into another dead spot. Make sure you keep your speed here as well and follow the path on the way out. You will get to a creek and have to find the snowbridge to cross the creek. Once you cross the creek, look for a bootpack that goes straight up to the highway. Now take your chance at finding a ride back to the ski area.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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