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]
California is a big state, with lots of skiing in it. The snow is generally a maritime snowpack, which means it is heavy, but the sun is also generally out, which makes for a good time. there are a lot of really big peaks in california, with a lot of lines for people to ski.
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California is as far west as you can get