Whirlpools

Bridger Bowl

South Bridgers

Wider open steeps through trees

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
276 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
175 m
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
49˚
Whirlpools Map

Whirlpools is a great moderate black run off the High Traverse. Break off the middle traverse from Avalanche Gulch, just past Test Face, but before you go around the corner to Lower Nose. You will first head left around dense trees, then go either fall line, or back right. Everything beneath you are the Whirlpools. You can see everything from here, and although there may be a few rocky spots, its pretty straightforward. The steeper part only lasts for a few hundred feet, then it flattens out into a wide open meadow. Early season, the Whirlpools can be pretty thin, so beware of lurking obstacles. This area also receives a moderate amount of sun, so it may be in a freeze/ thaw cycle even earlier in the season. Whirlpools gets skied a lot, and often is bumped out.

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, April, November, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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