Pfeifferhorn NE Couloir

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

For those who have braved the NW couloir and are looking for something steeper and more exposed, this is the next level in steep skiing.

Ski Touring Extreme

Distance
482 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
314 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
53˚
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Pfeifferhorn NE Couloir Map

Description

To access, start 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.

This line starts right off the Pfeifferhon's summit heading in the NE direction. In big years the fall line chute fills in and can be skied directly to the large rappel. This chute is over 50 degrees and gets very narrow. In leaner times one can ski down the north ridge and then traverse to the skiers right into the lower portion of the chute and then down to the rappel. Two solid bolts are anchored into the large boulder to the skier right. A single rap off a full length rope will deposit you onto the apron. This is a short and spicy run with serious exposure.

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

February, March, April, May

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Crampons

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