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Lion's Head Gully

A rare treat on the right wall of Tuckerman Ravine

Ski Touring Difficult

379 m
0 m
221 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
1.5 km
Lion's Head Gully Map

Lion’s Head Gully is a narrow, sliver of a run to lookers right of Lobster Claw. This extremely tight line will test your technical skills and your nerves. To access Lions Head Gully, climb Lobster Claw and head to skiers left to the next chute over. Lion’s Head Gully begins with a short, open entrance. As soon as it started, the wider turns end In a tight, rock bound gully. This is about 10 feet wide at first, then it narrows to about a ski length across after the first few turns. The chute remains consistently tight until very bottom. Aside from a tiny spruce tree here and there, Lion’s Head Gully is clean all the way through. Make careful, calculated hop turns as you negotiate the choke. Once you near the bottom, the walls get wider and you can start making real turns. The run out is very similar to Lobster Claw, low angle and wide. Lion’s Head Gully needs a lot of snow to be skiable, and it’s one of the first lines to melt out. If you plan on skiing it, it’s best to go earlier in the season.




Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

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  • Alpine
  • Couloir
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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