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After unloading off the Great Western Chairlift, head left out of the Hidden Canyon gate.
This area is outside of the resort boundary, and no avalanche work is performed here.
Make sure to carry a beacon, probe, shovel, know how to use them, and have a partner your trust.
This is an exciting run with a consistent pitch that usually has great snow but is also an area that see frequent avalanches.
Make sure to check the avalanche conditions before thinking about dropping in on this line. After you head out the Hidden Canyon gate, begin traversing straight ahead.
After about 50 feet you will see this slope open up beneath you on your left.
There are several options to get down.
You can drop in after 50 feet of traversing or continue for another 100 or so feet to one of the main Headwall chute.
The top 100 feet of this run has dispersed trees, and is easy to navigate.
As you make your way down, you can either veer left towards an opening in the trees or navigate on of the small chutes straight below.
In lower snow conditions, it's wise to take the easy route through the trees, as the chutes can be rocky and hard to navigate. After navigating the headwall section, you will come out into a large opening with a wide open flat spot.
From here you can look up towards the Hidden Canyon headwall and see some other lines heading into the area.
Once you're at the opening, you'll have to take a long traverse back around into the bottom of Great Western Lift.
Make sure not to cut off this traverse or you will have to walk back on the road.
The traverse out will be in tall pine trees for most of the way, with a sharp left turn as soon as you start to see aspen trees.
This traverse isn't groomed, but usually obvious from ski traffic.
As it wraps around the final sections, you will see some cabins on your right as you begin to approach the resort.