Five Fingers Bowl

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Five Fingers Bowl

Submitted By: Juan on May 06, 2011

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Colorado » Holy Cross Wilderness

Savage Peak Couloir

The couloir is skiable from summit to bottom (1200+ feet), however, when we skied it we entered the couloir from a side inlet 200' below the summit as a sizable cornice existed at the top.  The upper pitch can reach 50 degrees, but the majority of the couloir is sustained 45.  The bulk of the couloir is fairly shaded from the sun, except for the top 100', so an early start is prudent.  No narrow chokes exist and the majority of the couloir is wide at roughly 30', but it does have a double fall line.

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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......

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