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.


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The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


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.