NW Face Bridger Peak

South Bridgers

Large North Facing Ramps and Gullies

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
1.9 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
787 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
41˚
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NW Face Bridger Peak Map

Description

The North-west Face of Bridger Peak is a very shady shoulder consisting of old slide path gullies. It has been naturally thinned over the years by frequent avalanches. It is a long West ridge that has many different options. One could ski the whole this just off the fall line and never get sucked down into a gully. If you don't like traversing, however, you have about 1200 feet until you are locked into a gully. Start from the North peak, just after the large cornices to ski the north-west face. Your best bet is to ski off fall line for the first few hundred feet, then choose one of the ramps with small trees on it for your descent. At the bottom, skin back up one of the West facing tree ridges back to the ridge. If you want to continue to the trailhead, you'll come to a large meadow, cross the creek, and keep skier's right of the bottom for a few hundred yards until you hit the Middle Cottonwood trail.

Difficulty

Severe

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

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

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins