Ballroom is a broad cirque, where ice collected and remained for thousands of years.  Above it are the cliffs of the Mt. Baldy headwall.  The cirque has a classic bowl shape.  Slopes are concave with the steepness of the slope increasing with altitude.  There are three separate traverse entrances into Ballroom allowing the skier to select an appropriate pitch for their ability.  The maximum ice level was probably only slightly above the upper traverse line.  The Baldy headwall keeps Ballroom in the shade through most of the winter maintaining outstanding snow quality during breaks in snow storms.


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