Lone Peak - NE Couloir

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

One of the greatest lines in the Wasatch, the NE Couloir off of Lone Peak is long and steep with beautiful rock lined walls in a remote setting.

Ski Touring Extreme

Distance
880 m
Ascent
16 m
Descent
459 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
50˚
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Lone Peak - NE Couloir Map

Description

The quickest and "easiest" access if from the town of Alpine. Use your google maps to get yourself to Aspen Drive and park here. Follow the road then the trail until you hit snow and skin up through the open meadows until you hit the wide open slopes that lead to the summit. Follow the ridge to the S summit, then traverse over to the N Summit.

The summit of Lone Peak is a spectacular place to be in the winter. The entire Salt Lake Valley is at your feet. You can't quite ski right off the summit, but damn near it. The run starts steep, near 50 degrees and softens to 45 and parks it there for nearly 1,500 feet. The run is straightforward and straight down until it can cliff out in lean years which seem to be the norm lately. In fact, it hasn't filled in enough to ski cleanly in many years. However, once you get to the cliff you can traverse skiers right to avoid the cliff and get onto the apron.

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons

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