Trip

Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Vesper Peak (winter)

Ski or split-board tour to summit of Vesper Peak

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  • M2 Mountain 2 Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,150 ft

Verlot Ranger Station on Mountain Loop Hwy at 7 a.m.

Bring trail shoes for initial 2 miles of hiking approach; bring backpack suitable for carrying skis/split-board during hiking approach; continuous snow will start in hanging valley of Wirtz Basin and from there to Vesper summit; bring ice axe for climb up Headlee Pass couloir; your downhill skiing ability must be advanced intermediate to expert, because the descent, after mellow turns on Vesper's wide slopes, also includes a steep chute descent of the Headlee Pass couloir.

Route/Place

Vesper Peak (winter)


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins (or other method to travel uphill on snow)
  • Avalanche shovel (mental blade)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
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