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Saturday, August 06, 2005

East Ridge Tree Skiing

East Ridge Super Road crossing the Enchanted Forest Skiing the Enchanted Forest at Chatter Creek The East Ridge offers a continuum of tree skiing on both east and west aspects, some of which is unnamed. See "Sweet & Sour, the Fat and the Skinny" for photos of East Ridge runs that are largely open glades.

Tree runs on the east side of the ridge are "EMOP (Early Morning Old Phart), Percy's Knob, Primo and Salsa lying north of the glades and the Left Nostril of the Nose, lying to the south. Some of these have relatively open glades at the top, which drop into living forest. The Nose is a very sparse old burn. The east side of the ridge is always shaded and protected from wind and retains good quality snow for long periods of time.

Runs on the west side of East Ridge start in living forest and open up into a large cut block. These include Bad Boys, MJ Gully, Tin Horn, Hidden Valley, Roller Coaster and Brier, followed by the Enchanted Forest and the Right Nostril of the Nose, which are in an old burn. The west-facing runs offer very good skiing, but in sunny weather, the snow can become sun-crusted.

This contour map shows all of the named ski runs on the East Ridge. See also, "Skiing the East Ridge". The first two images above show the west and east sides of the East Ridge, respectively. The photographs are from the Nose and the Enchanted Forest. Click on the images to enlarge them.                                Back to Index


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