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Monday, April 20, 2009

Green Creek Couloir

I've been wanting to ski the Green Creek Couloir for a couple of years now. There's a few ways to approach this line. Probably the best way is to use a car shuttle and combine it with a climb and ski of the North Couloir off Dunderburg Peak. That requires a bit of driving, plus I had climbed Dunderburg yesterday, so John and I decided we'd head up to the ridge to the climbers left of the couloir and then contour around to the top of it. We found an easy river crossing, booted up the first couple hundred feet (this was probably the most difficult part of the whole day), then were able to skin up to the ridge and around to the high point above the couloir.

The Green Creek is simply an amazing line. The total vertical is 3000 feet and the vast majority of that is the couloir proper. It didn't look that long from the top, but after skiing my first pitch, looking up at how far I had skied, and looking down at how much was still to go, it was obvious it was a lot longer then it initially looked! The snow was transitioning winter snow at the top, even further transitioned the lower we got. Not corn, but not too mushy nor sticky (the few places it was heading towards mash potatoes you just moved to another micro aspect). Excellent skiing the entire run!

Walk towards the moon!

Looking down the couloir


I can't imagine why Mother Nature put this here other then to ski it!

The whole ridge has a bunch of ski oppertunities!