Why Not Couloir

Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Hole

A sneaky chute into Rock Springs Canyon

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
985 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
488 m
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
44˚
Why Not Couloir Map

From the lowest backcountry gate on the skier’s righthand side of the mountain (along Rendezvous Trail just past Bivouac), descend through a sparsely treed face before being funneled into a long chute. This run is a quick sneak into the bottom of Rock Springs Canyon, and in the right conditions makes for a quick and easy lap. So Why Not? Well, for starters stray too far to the skier’s right, and you’ll find the top edge of Rock Springs Buttress. Rock Springs Buttress is a massive cliff wall ranging around 500 feet tall. It is easy to be lured into fresh tracks, but in this case be very careful wandering too far right. Stick to the chute and you’ll be much happier. As you exit the chute, you’ll find yourself dumped into Rock Springs Canyon, where you can hop onto the traverse back to the Resort.

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

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

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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