Aubineau Canyon

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Aubineau Canyon

Submitted By: Y.C. on May 12, 2011

Administrator: Y.C.

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These are tree runs.  There are a couple of different options, the further back towards the ski area you go along the ridge the steeper it gets (I have heard woomphing and all sorts of sketchiness over on these shots before).  The further towards the top of the pass you go the mellower it gets.  Pick your line and ski down to the open meadow which provides a pretty great regrouping point.  After this next meadow ski tight trees down to the road.  From here I usually take my skis off, cross the road and drop down the next section and into the Loveland Valley ski area.  From there you can catch the free shuttle back to the area and either go do it again or go ski something inbounds.

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This is one of the premier backcountry ski zones on the San Francisco Peaks. These ski lines are North East facing so they hold snow the longest and offer great long runs. The far right line Crossfire was the sight of the largest avalanche slide I have seen. During a record snow season and constant southwest winds crossfire slid breaking trees 30in diameter. The runs are about 1500 vertical feet and average a high 30 degree angle with crossfire being the most classic. A day spent here late winter/early spring can be long because of road closures but is also very rewarding.

How to Get There

When Forest Road (FR) 418 is closed:

You must take the Snowbowl area if the resort is open, either wait for lifts to open or hike up the ski area. Once at the top of the ski area work towards the saddle between Agassiz and Humphreys. From the saddle summit Humphreys Peak, ski the north ridge to which ski like and drop to the right.


If Forest Road 418 is open:

From Flagstaff go north on US Highway 180 for about 18 miles. Make a right on Forest Rd. 151 then continue 1.5 miles and turn left on FR418. Drive 3 miles to the signed turnoff for Aubineau Trail. Turn right and go to the trailhead.

You can also reach the trail via US Highway 89 north of Flagstaff by making a turn left across from Sunset Crater National Monument, head to a “T” and turn right. You will curve left then make a right turn on FR418. Then it is about 8 miles to the trailhead where you will turn left into.


From the trailhead hike the Aubineau Trail up through avalanche debris to a the main bowl. Hike the safest way up to the top of the lines you see in front of you, in the spring heading up the paths themselves is easy and can be safe.

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