Thread: best couloir in north america?
12-08-2005, 10:33 PM #76
as they say in canada and new england...wicked. glad this thread is going so well. it's already a resource for me and i hope it continues to grow. let's keep the pics coming. here's something for y'all to reckon when may and june roll around and things are getting brown up here in the north half.
in my humble opinion the discussion of no-brainer access to big couloirs begins and ends with las lenas. the site is still under construction but in a month or so check out www.penumbraguides.com. pray for snow...doug
12-08-2005, 11:28 PM #77Originally Posted by covert"In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, — no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair." -Emerson
12-08-2005, 11:42 PM #78
for a convenient day trip with good vert, i gotta go with Y...
Originally Posted by altasnobset the gearshift for the high gear of your soul
12-08-2005, 11:53 PM #79
I'll get pictures up sometime...(they're on my machine at work).
List limited those I've done.
Bloody (frequently done, but sweet)
There are many others both well known and not in the sierra."if the city is visibly one of humankind's greatest achievements, its uncontrolled evolution also can lead to desecration of both nature and the human spirit."
-- Melvin G. Marcus 1979
12-09-2005, 12:37 AM #80
has anyone here seen the western chugach? Pioneer peak, east twin, and ptarmigain peak come to mindIts not that I suck at spelling, its that I just don't care
12-09-2005, 12:37 AM #81Originally Posted by Eldo
Mntlion, didn't you ski the line down the front of Cascade? If you ask me that should be in this category. Guess it's not a true colouir though.
12-09-2005, 12:52 AM #82
Aside from the rules I think the clear winner is the south face of denali.Its not that I suck at spelling, its that I just don't care
12-09-2005, 01:06 AM #83
"Broken Finger Peak 13,280+ Scheelite Couloir
This couloir arguably has the most drop of all the Sierra Chutes. The total drop to the exit in Pine Creek canyon is 4800' but the 45° main chute is about 2500' with the lower half at a 35° pitch in a lovely and spacious gully. The upper couloir is steep and tight, but never has a lip since it faces east. Access is at the crest of the Pine Creek Canyon road just prior to Scheelite along the power line. Look for the biggest chute you ever saw on the right."
This one is on my list for sure
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12-09-2005, 01:27 AM #84Registered User
Originally Posted by covert
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how much vert on the fuhrer finger?Mom! The meatloaf! FUCK!.
12-09-2005, 01:58 AM #85
the local stuff here isn't real long but this one definitely get's the 40* and pushes the 1500'.off your knees Louie
12-09-2005, 06:25 AM #86
I kinda like SFB because I can see it from all over the county, a vertical slash of snow. Very pretty.
Coming in from the top is freaky, much tougher than the skiing. I'd like to do it again, from the bottom and see how fast I can sprint up with crampons.
Cool thread, although I have to say I don't have couloirs on my mind right now. Powder turns and hucks and teaching grommets over their Christmas holiday.
12-09-2005, 06:27 AM #87Originally Posted by KillingCokes
12-09-2005, 07:05 AM #88
I was gonna add Diagonal Couloir near Jackson, but the pics from WYsplitride's awesome TR are no longer there:
Is there an acceptable definition of "Couloir"???
To me, an essential part of a coulie is having rock walls on either side of you, feeling the rock and the mountain envelope and enclose you.
A narrow ribbon of snow not surrounded by rock walls would be more of a "chute" to me.
Not sure where I got that distinction other than by observation of named routes.
I could be wrong. Just wondering if there is any consensus.
The french word "couloir" is actually the word for hallway, implying narrow with two walls, but when it was first used in mountain climbing in the 19th century, the meaning was more "passageway" (hey, I looked that up on the web)."Fakers are Maggots" - T. Hall, 2011
only a fake Rasta could make a claim like that
12-09-2005, 07:43 AM #89
don't know if this is technically a couloir or a ramp, but she's a beauty...
Copyright: Odin"When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible."
12-09-2005, 08:14 AM #90
The Wire, Telluride
San Joaquin Chute, Telluride
Snake Couloir, Mt. Sneffels
Let me lock in the system at Warp 2
Push it on into systematic overdrive
You know what to do
12-09-2005, 08:30 AM #91
^^^Those above me are the hot sauce, as was the Mt. Temple Coulior.
But SFB? Come on....that coulior is way too accessible in my opinion, may as well be considered inbounds, not too difficult and way too many people have done it. I personally enjoy exploring just about any mountain range in colorado during the late spring. There is just so much to be skied, so somewhere, anywhere from colorado gets my vote as long as its deep in the rockies.
12-09-2005, 08:35 AM #92Originally Posted by BRUTAH
But have you done SFB and then rode A Basin chairs and twisted your arm off from patting yourself on the back?
The proximity makes it a backyard run and that's pretty cool in itself. Don't you like to look around you at all the various lines you've skied? Your neighborhood lines?
12-09-2005, 08:41 AM #93Registered User
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Only 45 minutes from the city of sin; Elko,NV. Check out "Super Cooly" in the Track TGR Archives...
12-09-2005, 09:23 AM #94Originally Posted by KillingCokes
Soooo many more eastside giants to list...
Everything in the Palisades (including one at entrance to S. fork Big Pine Creek I skied once)
Everything on Mt. Emmerson
the list goes on..."Great barbecue makes you want to slap your granny up the side of her head." - Southern Saying
12-09-2005, 09:25 AM #95Originally Posted by SheRa
Does anyone else feel so much more comfortable inside a couloir, rather than on an exposed ridge. I know I do, the rock walls are like a blanket of volcanic composition.
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12-09-2005, 09:27 AM #96Originally Posted by TOLOCOMan
from the summit go left down the ridge to the false summit, turn down and follow the avi path to the road.
4000ft of skiing.
12-09-2005, 09:27 AM #97
Its a bit of a stretch to call it the best in North America, but its definately the best one day-trippable from my house:
I can't find a picture of it but University Peak (somewhere in Alaska) has a positively stunning line on it that was skied a few years ago by John Chilton and company.
12-09-2005, 09:38 AM #98
I have to agree with Trackhead as well. Skillet Glacier. The new rule should be best couloir in north america that you have skied/snowboarded
Mt. Moran, Skillet Glacier
My second favorite in north america is the Diagonal Couloir (2000 vert, 45-50 degrees, plus you have to worry about grizzly bears chasing your ass..I know from experience) in the Pinnacles (Wyo)
view from the top of Dcouloir:
12-09-2005, 10:13 AM #99Originally Posted by Tap
12-09-2005, 10:28 AM #100
Ellingwood couloir on the Middle Teton, or the Northeast couloir/Molar tooth couloir on the Grand Teton. Larger pucker factor associated with these two.