Y Couloir Area

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Y Couloir Area

Submitted By: Shumaker on January 15, 2013

Administrator: Shumaker

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Starting Elevation:
Elevation Gain: 3200
Total Distance:
Avalanche Resources:
Snowmobile Access: No
Approach Difficulty: Strenuous

Featured Descent

Colorado » Rocky Mountain National Park

Ptarmigan Glacier

The first section is the steepest and then the line mellows out.  Follow the glacier all the way to the toe.  Once done follow a faint climbers trail to the lake below.  At the lake a a good trail is on the North side, follow this trail by Helene lake and back to the car.

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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.

Access Issues

Approach Description

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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