A-Basin’s East Wall open – depending | SummitDaily.com

A-Basin’s East Wall open – depending

ARAPAHOE BASIN – The coveted steeps at the highest lift-served terrain in North America are open, but the news gets better than that.

After opening the East Wall for test days early this month, the resort announced this week that the powdery terrain will remain open – weather permitting. A-Basin patrollers used more than 200 pounds of explosives to reduce avalanche potential in the area.

“Usually, we are waiting for the snow,” said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin mountain operations director, in a press release. “This year, we have the snow and need to deal with its impact for avalanches through challenging and exhausting patrol work.”

The East Wall did not open last year because of lack of snow.

The ski area also announced the opening of a terrain park for the first time. Operations staff placed five rails and built a table-top jump off of Dercum’s Gulch, below Jamie’s Face.

“This is a big step for A-Basin,” said Jim Gentling, A-Basin chief operations officer. “We have fully embraced the freestyle skier and rider with our new terrain park. We look forward to making the park bigger and better.”

As always, A-Basin will shoot to stay open until July 4. The ski area has received 257 inches of snow since October, 13 percent over its average at this point in the ski season.

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