Submitted By: Shumaker on December 15, 2012
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From the drop in the route heads to the skiers right down a relatively wide chute, which bends left approximately half way down. There can be a short ice pitch on the lower part. Once out of the Couloir ski out of the corrie back to the ski area.
The intial slope is the steepest section and often corniced. The remainder is at less than forty degrees. An easier entrance can be had on the skiers left. A fall in the top section is ill advised as it could result in the skier tumbling down Aladdin's Mirror Direct.[more]
Mineral Fork provides good access to some great skiing when the snow pack is stable. The east facing ridge and the upper bowl has been scenes of epic slides and casualties. Lines like the Room of Doom, Santiago Ridge, Moonlight and Highline are found here. Mineral is also a great place to escape the crowds. While you can acces this drainage from Little Cottonwood this description is from the Mineral Fork Trailhead in Big Cottonwood.
How to Get There
7 miles up Big Cottonwood is a plowed parking area on the south side of the road next to a metal gate. This gate is the beginning of the trail. Slide down a bit and cross the creek and begin hiking up the opposite side. This trail winds its way up into Mineral crossing several tributary creeks; depending on the snow coverage, temps, etc, you may need to remove your skis to cross these waterways. The route map attached is of Santiago Ridge.
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