Analysing terrain data
Juarez is the most visible run down Highline.
It’s very wide and most of the trees are short and buried in snow.
Many people who hike Highline for the first time don’t go any further than Juarez.
There’s a large, flat spot on the trail and it seems like the natural place to stop.
It is not, however, the easiest run down Highline.
To enter, you can launch off the cornice at the top, or you can cut in on one of the traverses that more cautious skiers have made for themselves.
For a run that has open exposure to the sun and gets a lot of traffic, Juarez holds snow well.
There are lines along the ropes on both sides that stay solid all season.
The lines in the meat of the run are good, but it’s where you’re more likely to find bigger moguls, deeper ruts and more traffic.
The pitch is consistent the entire way down and there is plenty of room if you miss a turn.
The very bottom sometimes requires a little dance past a rock or some other obstacle, but you’re so close to the avalanche road that you wouldn’t go far if you were to fall.