What's in this Area?
Lou Dawson refers to this line as a "Big-ol-strip-o-snow" in this book Colorado's Fourteeners Volume 1. The slope of this couloir is surprisingly consistent over it's entire length. It's incredibly wide (100+ feet), and fun line that seems to go on forever. It's also a very straight forward descent. What you see is what you get, because in fact, you can see the entire line from the top. This line may not easily go from the exact summit, so some down climbing over talus may be required. Both Lou Dawson in his 14ers guide book, and Bill Middlebrook on 14ers.com have excellent write-ups on this route.[more]
Twining Peak is to the North of Highway 82, with a variety of lines. There is a big south facing bowl that leads back down to either the top of the pass, or the west side of the highway. There are also some much steeper lines on the East Facing side off of the ridge that will head back down to the East side of the pass. This peak will give you access to Deer Mountain, Geissler, and other peaks
How to Get There
From the top of the pass (highway 82) you want to head due north, up towards the ridge. The approach is pretty gradual, but then you will loop around a couple of smaller cirques. The large face you see in front of you is Twining, and you can take the steeper snow or head towards the east and hit up the ridge. There is generally a large cornice up there, and on your right (east) it is very prominent. Ski lines are to the West (entrances need to be downclimbed) to the East (steeper) or to the South.
Lots of camp spots around Independence Pass
Highway 82 is closed in the winter