Definitely sketch, but easily skied around. Furthermore, that's where a nice exit is such that one doesn't have to climb too much out and back to the top of the notch.
>From: Nick Malczyk <[log in to unmask]
>Reply-To: Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports <[log in to unmask]
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] More Outrageous ski descents
>Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 18:18:03 -0700
>I've climbed the thing twice (once in Feb/March 2001 - the peak of
>winter) and I can say the bottom of the slide is unskiable. Maybe
>from Aspen Extreme could ski the thing but I doubt many mere mortals
>Perhaps the top 90% of it can be skied, but not the ice at the
>bottom of the
>slide, which is below treeline and may not be visible from most
>parts of the
>Notch. The ice is solid grade 3-4 ice, meaning it's in the 70-90
>range. And since that section of ice is about 100 feet high, you'd
>Tuck's amount of snow to fill it in. I doubt anything short of an
>amount of snowfall and avalanche debris could bury the bottom
>>Did you see it last year though? The lower icefall section was
>>buried. There were tracks on it, Duffy and I saw them. Courville
>> >said it's
>>been skied, although a fair amount of air is required. And >the
>>section extends up pretty far, almost to the ridge. It >splits way
>>and one branch kinda goes out of view. There may >have been
>>above that filled in some of the bottom, but >from what we could
>>were only a couple 20 foot sections of >ice in late March.
>>I guess I need to take a closer look at it.
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