Memorial Couloirs Approach

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Gain access to the classic Memorial Couloirs by climbing up Neffs Canyon and branching off into the N Fork of the canyon.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
2.1 km
Ascent
521 m
Descent
5 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
35˚
Memorial Couloirs Approach Map

Park at the Neffs Canyon trailhead in Mount Olympus Cove. From here follow the road up into Neffs Canyon. At the first junction head to the right up into N Fork of Neff's. This trail is narrow and winds through the tight trees as it heads to the S. The area is very brushy and can be a rough go in low snow years when conditions are thin. Persevere the path, and you'll find yourself at the base of the Memorial Couloirs for some excellent steep and tight chute skiing.

Description

There are 5 main Memorial Couloirs. #1 is the uppermost that runs off the S summit of Olympus and the others follow to the N.

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

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, June

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins