There are a couple of different lines down Marjorie Bowl, but the main line follows the ridge line down the fall line. The top part of this descent is very steep and often directly under a cornice. Proper terrain management is a must. You want to make sure that you have seen the route and you know that the line goes through. The main lines to skiers left are most often filled in, whereas there are alternate routes to skiers right that do not always get filled in. The apron of the descent pans out and often the snow will change at the exit where it opens up. Because these are north facing couliors, they are often shaded and the snow is firmer. There are no trees to hold the snow, so be prepared for variable conditions.[more]
This area is a steep bowl off the SE face of Knobtop in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was believed to be first skiied in April 2011, due to perfect conditions and timing. There are 9 potential routes in the Mini AK cirque. Some of these lines can go at 60degrees and the easiest goes just above 50 degree angle. This area has huge avalanche potential combined with mandatory airs and questionable safety zones.
How to Get There
Enter Rocky Mountain National Park from the East side and make a Left towards Bear Lake. Follow this road until it dead ends at the Bear Lake parking area and Park. Here one can go two ways to hike to Mini AK. The route that was taken by the first decent party was to the top of Flattop and then around the Ptarmagin glacier past Notchtop approaching Mini AK from the top. You can approach from the bottom and climb the ski route or maybe the east ridge of Knobtop could access the top. This may require some smart winter climbing skills.