Little Annie’s

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Little Annie’s

Submitted By: Y.C. on April 29, 2011

Administrator: Y.C.

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Arizona » Kachina Peaks

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From the top of Agassiz the line descends to down the high alpine ridge to the east.  Just short of the saddle it descends to the skiers right towards the south and town.  This route then followes the avalanche path and drainage for long beautiful run.  At the bottom you begin meandering right towards the Leroux fire scar.  Once you hit Freidlein Prairie Road this is the end of the run and you follow the road to skiers right back to snowbowl road. This is a long run, make sure you carry a map.  It flattens out at the end and you would like to get back to snowbowl road so you can get a ride back up to the ski area.  Please also be advised that this is the ski run where the only Arizona avalanche fatality occured, be smart.

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This area has a number of great easy access ski lines.  There are open bowls and tree runs that are west facing as one moves south on Richmond Ridge from the Aspen Ajax ski area.  One of my favorites is Hurrican Bowl.  You can get a great look at this area from Aspen Highlands Ski Area.  Be heads up for mines and avalance terrain traps in this area, because it is easy to get to does not mean it is safe.  Also this is a popular snowmobile area, be carefull when hiking around.

How to Get There

There are two ways one can get to Little Annies Skiing.  One can take the lift up to the top of Ajax, have a drink with a movie star, then skin out the Richmond Ridge towards the south until you are above the ski lines.  Play all day and then ski back via the Aspen Ski Area.  You can also get to the skiing via Castle Creek Rd towards Ashcroft.  After a couple miles take a left on Little Annie's Rd, heading up to the end of the plowed road to park.  The ski runs are above you.

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