Far Side Wall 2

Big Sky

A steep ski line above a no fall zone

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
342 m
Ascent
2 m
Descent
175 m
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
48˚
Far Side Wall 2 Map

Far Side Wall 2 is a definite no fall zone. If you even think you might fall, ever, don't ski this line. Put your skis on your pack after you exit the ski area boundary and jump on the old heel toe express across the rocky ridge. Stick to the wind scoured rocks instead of the potentially hazardous hanging cornices above Lone Lake Cirque. The walk can take a bit of time depending on how icy the loose rocks are. When you get to the Far Side Wall, your entrance to the line may be blocked by a cornice. If you can safely navigate this hazard, you will be peering down a super steep line. The top of the line is directly above a 100+ foot cliff. You absolutely need to know where you are going at all times while on this line. Choose a backcountry partner who is savvy with the terrain, the avalanche report, and recent conditions. If you choose to drop in, do not fall. Almost immediately there is a tight choke between rocks that may require a brief straight run. You will ski approximately 200 vertical feet directly above the cliff and then work the line toward skier's left. Once you are past the precipitous drops of the cliff face, enjoy wild snow to the bottom of the basin. It goes without saying, but ski this line one at a time. Once you regroup, you still need to ski to the far trees on the skier's right of the Lone Lake Cirque, set a bootpack up to the ridge line, and navigate one last avalanche prone slope before you are back in the ski are boundary.

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

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

March, April

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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