What's in this Area?
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.[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