Elation Ridge Trees

Monarch Mountain

Monarch Ski Area

Salida

A delightful, widely-spaced glade.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.5 km
Ascent
87 m
Descent
300 m
Low Point
3.3 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
35˚
Elation Ridge Trees Map

On the official map for Mirkwood Basin, Monarch Mountain simply labels the entire northern, south-facing ridge of the basin as “Elation Ridge,” and then leaves it at that. With that amount of minimal marking, you’re pretty much on your own to find the best line down the ridge. Here, I’ve chosen to break Elation into four different lines: Elation Ridge Trees, Elation Ridge 1, Elation Ridge 2, and Elation Ridge Cliffs. Elation Trees is located just after crossing through the rope gate onto Elation Ridge proper. Take a right, and drop into the widely-spaced trees paralleling Orcs down the mountain. One bonus of dropping Elation Trees is that a second hike isn't required, whereas Elation 2 and Elation Cliffs both require a second short hike to reach a secondary knob.

Description

Elation Trees tend to hold fantastic snow, and the wide tree spacing allows skiers to kick the speed up with little regard for consequences.

About halfway down, begin to keep an eye out for small cliff bands that crop up. There are a few spines and small senders, and about 3/4 of the way down, you'll have to negotiate the same short, steep cliff band found on Orcs. Generally, these cliffs fill in and are skiable, but at times the snow conditions can necessitate careful line selection to thread through this slightly more technical zone, especially if you haven't skied it before.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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