Five Fingers Bowl
What's in this Area?
The descent can start from the summit if you're eager to huck your meat off a 10 ft ledge into the couloir. I imagine most people choose to start at the prominent notch just below the summit ridge. Initially the slope is fairly mellow, but rolls over mid way down the couloir for an exciting short pitch of 40ish degree skiing. The snow in the couloir may be kind of chunky from wet slide debris from the SE facing wall above and climbers right of the chute. Not to worry though, the upper portion of the couloir itself is nicely sheltered from early morning sunhit.[more]
This bowl is big, very big and if you mess it up it will kill you. Only try it if you want to ski a classic and have a high tolerance for risk. This thing is very easy to get to and if the time is right its worth it, if the time is wrong your going to die. A car shuttle is recommended otherwise it can take a while to hitch hike on Castle Creek road. You can hike from the bottom of Aspen Highlands but that would be crazy save yourself three hours of hiking and buy a lift ticket and make it a 45min hike from the top lift and 4000+ft of sickness.
How to Get There
Buy a lift ticket ...ride to the top....hike to Highlands Peak.. ski the other side...repeat if you can......