Mexican Hat

Arapahoe Basin

Steep open avalanche path in Marjorie Bowl

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
505 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
334 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.6 km
High Point
4 km
Gradient
45˚
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Mexican Hat Map

Description

This line can be used to access the Lenawee Ridge or as a downhill ski option. You can combine it after skiing Marjorie Bowl and use it to access other lines. Before you decide to hike this line, please be up to date with avalanche conditions as this line is know to slide often. It is named Mexican Hat because when you look up at it from the bottom you will see a Mexican Shaped Rock that resembles a Mexican Hat. This line is pretty straight forward, but keep in mind of the terrain trap at the bottom. Also make sure you start this line earlier in the day as it is W facing. Enjoy nice steep open turns to the bottom!

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons

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