Water Tank

Vail

A fun couloir with multiple options

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
1.9 km
Ascent
2 m
Descent
706 m
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.5 km
Gradient
44˚
Water Tank Map

Water Tank is a classic descent. The Water Tank drop in can be found at the "end" (northern most point) of the Benchmark ridge. There are some options to enter and ski Water Tank, many which require long exposure to avalanche terrain. Although there are multiple options to ride WT, the basic line can be very straight forward by staying in the meat of the couloir. There are some fun easy cliff bands on skier's left and good tree skiing can be found even further left. A good map of the area is essential if you plan on navigating the trees to skier left due to the nature of larger unrideable cliffs that become more frequent as the ridge extends NNW. As the couloir terminates, it becomes narrower and more difficult to navigate. Keep to the main drainage and work whatever snow remains down to the bottom. Water Tank ends at an actual water tank in the East Vail neighborhood. It's very easy to reach the bus stop from the bottom of the drainage.

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, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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