Submitted By: Dobish on November 14, 2010
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Goatfinger Couloir is fairly wide, has a bit of a double fall line, and can reach 50 degrees at the top (although when we skied it, it did not exceed 43 degrees). Although not an extreme line, it is still a serious undertaking that requires expert ski abilities and advanced snow climbing/mountaineering skills. It is rated D9-D10.
Goatfinger is a major avalanche path and requires very stable snow to be skied safely.[more]
Russell Peak is easily accessible with a little bit of a hike, but also can be extremely unstable due to a large cornice that forms at the top of the ridge. Attaining Russell Peak will give you access to a ridgeline that can get you to Oatmeal Bowl, No-Name Peak, Stanley Peak, and Moonlight Basin, with much more to explore from there.
There are high winds generally on Russell, and it is often wind scoured. There are some steeper chutes, as well as more open bowls, but be careful of rollovers and terrain traps.
How to Get There
Russell Peak is located on the west side of Berthoud Pass, along the ridge line from Lift Gully, where the old ski resort used to be. It is one of the most visible peaks from the parking lot, and is past the radio tower. It is located just north of No-Name Peak, and 2 peaks north of the prominent Stanley Peak.
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