Y Couloir Area
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Y Couloir Area
Submitted By: Shumaker on January 15, 2013
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The descent for the Knuckles is extremely dangerous. Do not go there unless you have experience with rocky terrain, steep runs, and variable snowpacks. This part of Berthoud is prone to avalnaches and slides due to a rocky bed surface, limited anchors, and the solar activity that this area gets. The entrance is not visible until you are right on top of the roll over, and very often people end up in the wrong spot. The knuckles are defined by the steep rollover, above rocky chutes. There is very little distance between treeline and the start of the rocky area. Use caution coming out of tree line, and make sure to test the slope for stability. If the snow slides, you will be dragged over sharp rocks and down a chute, into trees. Alternative Routes are down the shoulder to the NW or to the South down High Tail Trees or Shop Chutes. Exits for this descent are either the first turn off, or down the valley further to 7 mile.[more]
The Y area is one of the easiest and most accessed chute areas in the Wasatch with approx. 3400 skiable vert. It offers consistant booters, moderate to steep skiing and great views. Most couloirs in the area are good dawn patrols due to the quick accessability and you ski almost everything you hike. Photo shamelessly stolen from Straightchuter.com
How to Get There
Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon to the Lisa Falls Parking area approx. 3 miles up the canyon; park on the south side of the road in a designated parking area. This area is plowed and allows you to get your car well off the road. This lot should be avoided if the UDOT notice is posted. This lot also fills up on the weekends with folks hiking down to the river.
From the parking area, slide down a wide path to the creek and cross the best way possible. From there head up towards the debris fan and begin the stairmaster to the top via the Y Couloir or the Y Not
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