Thompson Pass

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Thompson Pass

Submitted By: Dilly Willy on May 11, 2010

Administrator: Dilly Willy

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Apache Peak

Once you reach the ridge you can continue to the summit or head straight down the Couloir.  This is a GREAT line for sneaking in some turns late in the season.  The route faces North and holds snow similar to Lamb Slide Couloir on Long's Peak but without turing to ice.

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Steep and deep.  Anything you are looking for you will find it here, minus the crowds.  Sunny days can be few and far between, but when the snow pack is right this is THE place to be.  Veteran skier Matt Kinney wrote an exceptional guide that is available online and should be purchased if you plan on coming here.  www.thompsonpass.com  is an excellent up to date resource for weather, route information, and avalanche updates courtesy of Matt Kinney.

How to Get There

Fly into Anchorage then hit the highway to Valdez, five or six hours of drive time depending on the weather/season.  Flights can also be made from Anchorage and take about 40 minutes, but the drive is beautiful and shouldn't be missed.  One can also take the ferry out of Whittier which also shouldn't be missed.  Enjoy!

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