The SE ridge is a great ski run and the only way off the Pfeifferhorn without rappelling.

Statistics

Analysing terrain data

Exposure

Exposure

The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs…) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

Medium Exposure (E2)As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Description

Access the Pfeifferhorn SE Ridge by starting at the White Pine trailhead 4.6 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon on the right hand side.

Follow the trail over into Red Pine Canyon and either proceed up Red Pine to the Pfeifferhorn Ridge, or cross the stream and climb into Maybird Gulch to access the Pfeifferhorn.

Skiing the SE Ridge is done by backtracking down the standard climbing route.

It starts off the summit where one can ski the S face, or stick closer to the E ridge.

Skiing is in the lower 40 degree range, but a large cliff below keeps you honest and concentrated.

Trend skiers left and meet up with the ridge.

From here you can drop down into Maybird Gulch, or continue E along the ridge into Red Pine.