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Zoa is a popular ski touring area especially for those new to ski touring.
The relative low risk due to trees and few slopes makes for an excellent training ground.
On Clear days the ridge offers good views of more challenging terrain on Yak peak.
The route follows a trail through the trees where it connects to a service road.
This road branches off as you get to the ridge, and heads up westward through dense trees.
As you gain the ridge the trees thin.
Numerous bowls on the north side of the ridge offer descent skiing.
Avalanche risks increase further along the ridge towards Zoa peak.
Convex roles are the most common risk.
While the skiing here does not exceed a Green run in difficulty, this is not a place for learning to ski.
Skiers must be able to ski at least blue runs with confidence before entering the backcountry.
The snow is often heavy and wet, and inexperienced skiers will find the deeper snow much harder to maneuver.
Tendon injuries are common here due to inexperienced skiers struggling.