A-Basin’s East Wall opens for season | VailDaily.com

A-Basin’s East Wall opens for season

Daily Staff Writer

Thanks to recent heavy snows and explosives work by ski patrollers, Arapahoe Basin has opened the East Wall.

The East Wall – steep, above-treeline terrain sprawling along the Continental Divide – will remain open for the rest of the season, as weather and conditions permit, according to a statement from Arapahoe Basin management.

Ski patrol avalanche technicians used more than 200 pounds of explosives in that time to reduce avalanche potential in the slide-prone talus slopes.

“Avalanches set off by ski patrol cover many of the rocks on the lower part of the East Wall and the control work reduces the chance of an unexpected slide,” A-Basin director of mountain operations Alan Henceroth said in the press release.

The area above the hiking traverse to the terrain – the Upper East Wall – will remain closed. Basin officials also announced the opening of a new terrain park, which features intermediate and advanced jumps just west of the Norway face.

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