Last season a large avalanche ripped out a new slide path just south of Niagras in Employee Housing. Shown below with the new slide path, this area has always been known as Employee Housing, but had filled in with trees in the past few decades. Much of this area had been reclaimed through limbing. While some of the timber was quite old, there was also evidence of large slides predating the ski area.
To control access to the new Employee Housing we have put in a ropeline from the top of Angle Point (just around from Gate 7) along the left side of Right Angle, then veering left through the trees toward the right side of Employee Housing, then straight down to 1-5 (Buff) Trail. This is similar to the old ropeline we used to have running the length of Right Angle.
While we do not cherish putting in a new ropeline, this, for now, is the only way to open Right Angle when must keep Niagras closed (due to low snow or Avalanche Control). It isn’t possible to run the ropeline between Employee Housing and Niagras because the two slide paths overlap below Old Faithful.
Why am I telling you all this? Good question.
Because, on a powder day, this new slide path is going to look like the Holy Grail. It would be too tempting to duck the ropeline and try to ski a few turns of the lovely new run. However, we might just be doing avalanche control in there. Or we might have it closed due to low snow conditions. We are hoping that by the time Employee Housing is skiable (right now, you would have to dodge all the downed timber), Niagras will be too. For now, Employee Housing will open and close with Niagras.
We ask everyone to respect this new ropeline as you do all of our closures and signs.