Looking at the East Wall from top of Palavacchini
View toward East Wall
The avalanches in the photo were triggered by ski patrol “bombs” shot by a large grenade launcher near the base of the ski lift. Patrol bombs the slopes after each large storm to trigger avalanches before the skiers trigger them.
Top of Montezuma Bowl
It had been cold overnight, so we skied the sunnier, south-facing Montezuma Bowl in the morning. Montezuma Bowl can now be entered from two places - the top of the Lenawee Mountain lift, by heading left and hiking slightly uphill to the Montezuma Bowl ‘Zuma’ lift, which is the main access to the blue runs, Larkspur and Columbine.
Alternatively, from the top of the Norway lift, traverse right past the ski patrol cabin to an entrance that leads along the Zuma cornice to various double black runs down the chutes. We skied ‘Schauffler’, the fourth chute we reached. After a steep, tricky entrance, the chute is fairly easy skiing - easier than many of the alleys on the front side and much, much easier than the North Pole chutes.
I think A-Basin needs to improve their rating system at the high end, because if someone, after skiing the Zuma cornice gulleys then heads off to ski the front side alleys (like Waterfall, not on the map, but I’ve skied it), they could get into trouble.
Schauffler - quite wide, and not too steep
North Pole hiking terrain remains closed, until more snow fills in the rocks. I skied two of the chutes a few years ago, and found them much steeper, narrower, and scarier than anything I’ve yet skied in the Montezuma Bowl, though I haven’t yet skied the tree runs at the far end (Winning Card, etc.).