North Couloir Alex Lowe Peak

Hyalite

A 1700 feet chute with a steep, tight entrance

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
1.1 km
Ascent
8 m
Descent
547 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
50˚
North Couloir Alex Lowe Peak Map

The North Couloir of Alex Lowe is a great ski when conditions are fat. The upper crux section can be pretty tight- about 6 feet wide. Its pretty steep here too at around 45 degrees. Once you're through this quick crux however, you have 1600 feet of wide open skiing down to the flats. It's a pretty long day getting to Alex Lowe, so pack accordingly. Approach from the Blackmore Trailhead; the first 2.5 miles are low angle, winding through a lodgepole forest. Don't get side tracked by old logging roads and cross country trails; keep heading up, following a few signs. After the small downhill to Blackmore Lake, the trail gets moderately steep for the rest of the tour into Blackmore basin. Head to the pass between Blackmore and Elephant, then head down into the upper reaches of South Cottonwood creek. Alex Lowe peak is the prominent mountain to the Northwest. Skin up the South face, about 800ft to the summit.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons