Mirkwood Bowl

Monarch Mountain

Monarch Ski Area

Salida

The most popular freeride line in Mirkwood Basin.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.3 km
Ascent
86 m
Descent
299 m
Low Point
3.3 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
34˚
Mirkwood Bowl Map

Mirkwood Bowl is the iconic zone that anchors the ski lines in Mirkwood Basin. Most of the skiers and riders that hike from the top of the Breezeway lift to the summit of Monarch Ski Resort at the top of Mirkwood Basin choose to ski down Mirkwood Bowl.

Description

While rated as an extreme double black run, Mirkwood Bowl is eminently approachable as a freeride line. The bowl is relatively steep with a consistent pitch of about 34-36 degrees, but the wide-open bowl and consistent snow conditions provide plenty of room to maneuver and forgiveness if you bobble a turn. In addition, there as long as you stay in the center of the bowl, there are no trees, cliffs, or other obstacles to avoid. These factors combine to make Mirkwood Bowl a favorite for local skiers looking to try their first double black run. Whether or not the bowl should be rated a double black is up for debate, but it’s a fun rip down the mountain regardless!

A tall cornice forms on the top of the bowl, growing larger and larger throughout the season. While there’s only a slight in-run to the cornice, it’s still possible to launch off the cornice and score massive air to a pillowy landing far, far below—just make sure you have a spotter!

Difficulty

Difficult

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

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Bowl
  • Walk Required

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