Red Lady Bowl
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Red Lady Bowl
Submitted By: Alan on August 04, 2011
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|- Skin Track:||Moderate|
|Starting Elevation:||9,200 ft.|
|Elevation Gain:||3,143 ft.|
|High Point:||12,343 ft.|
|Max Slope Angle:||38 degrees°|
This is a fairly popular route among Crested Butte locals, so there is typically a nice skin track all the way to the summit. You gain over 3,000 feet on the skin up, but the angle is comfortable the entire way up. You generally angle southwest on the way up, before gaining the ridgeline of Mt. Emmons, which you'll follow all the way to the summit.
Just the basic avalanche essentials. Use your brain, the average slope angle on the upper portion of this wide open bowl is 38 degrees.
Red Lady Bowl is wide open bowl skiing at its finest. You can either drop in on the eastern slopes before reaching the summit, or the south slopes from the summit proper. The east side often gets wind-loaded, while the south side is generally relatively safer. Don't be fooled, though, with a slope angle right around 38 degrees this bowl can be very avalanche prone, and although it gets a lot of traffic, should only be skied during stable periods. The southern face of the bowl will begin consolidating earlier on in the year than other aspects, so this can make for a fantastic late winter/early spring run if you're lucky enough to catch it on a powder morning. After skiing the main bowl, you'll follow a river drainage back to the trailhead. Keep an eye out for fun little kickers on the sides of the drainage.
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