Marvins

Vail

A large, steep open cliffed zone to be respected

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
2.6 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
767 m
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
37˚
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Description

Marvins is a large expanse starting to the north, off the top of Benchmark proper. Marvins consists of two significant cliff bands on steep slopes, running approximately 1200'. "East" Marvins can be less navigable, as it winds down a treed drainage. East Marvins is the first drainage to the north off the top of Benchmark and is skier left of Abes. The Marvins zone needs to be given respect as it has significant cliffs, and hazardous run outs. This zone ends in the main basin. To exit the area, follow the basin out, always being aware of drops and terrain traps. The final open meadow will lead you to a narrow track which returns to the East Vail neighborhood where the bus to Vail Village can be found.

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

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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