The couloir is skiable from summit to bottom (1200+ feet), however, when we skied it we entered the couloir from a side inlet 200' below the summit as a sizable cornice existed at the top. The upper pitch can reach 50 degrees, but the majority of the couloir is sustained 45. The bulk of the couloir is fairly shaded from the sun, except for the top 100', so an early start is prudent. No narrow chokes exist and the majority of the couloir is wide at roughly 30', but it does have a double fall line.[more]
Steamboat area has a mix of terrain, with a lot of snowmobile access. Rabbit Ear's pass is more commonly known for snowmobiliers, but there is some great skiing out there. Motorized vehicles for during winter are only allowed on the eastern side of the pass, and non-motorized traffic is on the west. There are a number of other peaks, recreation areas, and cross country ski locations to go visit in this area.
How to Get There
The best way to get to the steamboat area is to drive down highway 40 west through winter park, granby, and frasier. You can also get there by taking I-70 West until dillon, and going North on Route 9. Both are a good option, but 40 is a little bit more scenic.