Y Couloir Area
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Y Couloir Area
Submitted By: Shumaker on January 15, 2013
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There are two major east facing bowls to descend along the north side of the ridge. They are pretty obvious to find. One drops from very near the summit down to 13,100'. The second begins just past the flat section of the ridge and drops to treeline at 11,600. You can avoid the lower bowl if desired and ski right down the ridge crest, but the bowl has better skiing. Just make sure you don't drop too low at the bottom, or you'll have to climb back to the trail.
From treeline, follow the trail back to your car. Do not ski to the south directly down the fall line to Blue Lakes Road, though this is tempting... you will be trespassing on private property.
The East Bowls are moderate in difficulty - about D3-D4. For more info on the D-system for rating ski descents, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html. They are steep enough to slide, but are one of the safer spring ski descents. This route is not recommended in winter because it will most likely be wind scoured most of the time.[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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