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

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Colorado » Front Range

Mine Dumps

These are tree runs.  There are a couple of different options, the further back towards the ski area you go along the ridge the steeper it gets (I have heard woomphing and all sorts of sketchiness over on these shots before).  The further towards the top of the pass you go the mellower it gets.  Pick your line and ski down to the open meadow which provides a pretty great regrouping point.  After this next meadow ski tight trees down to the road.  From here I usually take my skis off, cross the road and drop down the next section and into the Loveland Valley ski area.  From there you can catch the free shuttle back to the area and either go do it again or go ski something inbounds.

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Details

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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