Published on January 14th, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin0
Five Fingers – photo feature
Just beyond the top of Highlands Bowl lies a backcountry zone known as Five Fingers. Access to Five Fingers Bowl requires traversing a slightly precarious ridgeline beyond the Aspen Highlands Boundary. Skiers and riders can choose from five ridges and gullies to go down, each funneling into a large basin near the conundrum trailhead. The area is notorious for massive avalanches cutting across the entire bowl. But when the conditions are right, it can be some of the best skiing in the Rocky Mountains.
Thus far conditions have been stellar in the region. With avalanche danger currently low below and above tree line and moderate at tree line many bc skiers are rejoicing in the rare stable conditions. With that in mind there is still a deep persistent slab that puts anyone traveling in the backcountry at risk. Be weary of slopes steeper than 35 degrees around tree line or below ridges on the leeward side.
As always keep the bc crew small, educate yourself everyday on current avalanche conditions and come prepared with necessary equipment and skills.
Ridgeline out to Five Fingers Bowl
Making the final push before dropping into the middle finger.
Andrew Benaquista dropping into the zone.
Chase DeMeulenaere making us skiers jealous with his pow-surfing ways.
Written & Photos by: Jacob O'Conor @jahcobo