Three Classic Eastside Couloirs

Three Classic Eastside Couloirs

North Couloir, Red Slate Mountain For some skiers, nothing beats “getting walled” Story and photos by Brennan Lagasse Although California’s ‘Range of Light’ is known for many things, to backcountry skiers it’s famous for some of the best couloirs found anywhere on the planet. Striking corridors of snow easily identified by the rock walls that make up their borders are plentiful in the Sierra, nowhere more so than off that black ribbon of mountaineering dreams, Highway 395. Peak bagging, chasing powder, dropping a steep cliff face — these are all easily understood and revered for their worth in the ski world. However, those of us who look for the most aesthetic line on any given peak know couloirs offer some of the most unique and satisfying ski descents any snow slider can find. Some choose to look past the adventure that’s found when couloirs become primary ski objectives while others...
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