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]
The Kachina Peaks (AKA: San Francisco Peaks) are the tallest mountains in Arizona with some amazing backcountry. One can find anything from cirques to chutes and long runs. Even though this is Arizona, there is still high avalanche risks. The only avalanche caused fatality in this desert state was in these mountains, be educated. Every person needs a free permit from the U.S. Forest Service which can be obtained at the Peaks Ranger District.
How to Get There
The mountains are the largest peaks to the north of Flagstaff, Arizona. From Flagstaff there is a few ways to reach the ski lines depending on what you are trying to do. The easiest way is from the ski area, but if the ski area is not open it can be difficult to get to the backcountry ski runs. There is also the east side from Lockett Meadow Rd which can be accessed from Hwy 89 or if the roads are open from the north via the Abineau trail.