Upper mountain gate access skiing with interesting ridge features, steeper gradients, and a variety of tree densities with minimal hiking.

Statistics

3

m

634

m

31

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Moderate

Description

Access to this zone is through Gate 2, located just above the Jumbo Pair Lift 4.

This is a hike, but is about as short as they come, being less than 30 seconds. After exiting Gate 2, traverse as hard and high to the right as possible.

Skiing off Gate 1 will be left below you, to your left.

Continue around, ideally until you gain the ridge that runs to the SW, called Naka-one.

Depending on snow conditions, one will will want to be on the SE facing terrain (near side) just under the ridge to stay out of the wind, or stay close to the ridge itself for visibility and terrain options.

Generally speaking, when riding in storm conditions, one will want to stay just off of the ridge where they will be more sheltered.

On clear days, one can gain the ridge and entertain the option of skiing the S facing aspect (far side) into the next drainage over.

About 100 metres after gaining the ridge, it will fan or branch out.

The outlined route takes the riders left hand ridge as this is the primary route, but exploration is encouraged and there are interesting features and plenty of snow spread throughout the terrain accessed at this point.

The ridge runs down to the valley with playful features to jump off of and moderately spaced trees throughout.

If the snow is soft, there are exciting features and small cliff bands to jump off of to the riders left, but be aware taking this option will put one into the creek return from Gate 1.

These are better options later in the day as the primary zone gets tracked out. If one stays on the ridge, it will conclude about 300m below the section things open up.

For the most part the return is relatively well outlined as this is in between another summit run.

If in doubt, heading to the riders left will bring one back towards the resort.

Be wary if cutting left, as the entrance to the return drainage can be abrupt and have open water in early season.

In the lower section, after the creek bed, the drainage opens up into a playful meadow where riders tend to build small jumps and hits that are quite fun.

Keep to the left and anticipate meeting the Junior Piste as it hairpins back towards the Annupuri Base Area.

In the rare instance you miss the return track, keep heading downhill and slightly left.

There will eventually be a cleared road that will lead back to the hotels and Annupuri Base Area.