Southern Madison Range

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Southern Madison Range

Submitted By: sicky_line_brah on September 03, 2010

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Tuning Fork Couloir

Lou Dawson refers to this line as a "Big-ol-strip-o-snow" in this book Colorado's Fourteeners Volume 1.  The slope of this couloir is surprisingly consistent over it's entire length.  It's incredibly wide (100+ feet), and fun line that seems to go on forever.  It's also a very straight forward descent.  What you see is what you get, because in fact, you can see the entire line from the top.  This line may not easily go from the exact summit, so some down climbing over talus may be required.  Both Lou Dawson in his 14ers guide book, and Bill Middlebrook on 14ers.com have excellent write-ups on this route.

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Details

A remote and rugged range that stretches from the south of Big Sky to Hebgen Lake.  Long approaches are required unless you have a snowmobile or the roads melt out, but be warned the majority of the range is in wilderness so don't go past the wilderness boundary with your sled.  A broad range of terrain from big, open faces, to narrow steep couloirs.  Avi conditions can be found at mtavalanche.com

How to Get There

There are several trailheads and access points, with the Taylor Fork Road being the closest to Big Sky.

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