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Crooked Couloir 

Crooked Couloir 

Type:  Alpine, 1600'
Original: Mod. Snow [details]
FA: Unknown
Season: Spring
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Submitted By: George Bell on Apr 16, 2006

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Crooked Couloir 

This couloir is on the south side of Audubon and makes an excellent ski descent. The couloir is only visible as you get close to Blue Lake. It has a significant zig westward in the middle, hence the name "Crooked". Best months for an ascent or ski descent are May and June. After that the couloir melts out and is a giant mass of scree.

Approaches (1) Hike the trail to Blue Lake (probably snow covered). Walk around the north side of the lake and head up the couloir. There may be several snow strips visible, but the one you want is generally the most westward and most continuous snow. It is not deeply inset. (2) Hike 200 yards towards Pauite from the summit of Audubon to a shallow saddle, this is the top of the couloir.

As a ski descent, this couloir maxes out at about 40 degrees. Because it is crooked, you can't ski straight down the fall line, and a fall might slam you into the side. It is wide enough that this isn't a big concern, however.

Photos of Crooked Couloir Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Skiing down CC. Toll in the background.
Skiing down CC. Toll in the background.
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron climbing the Couloir....
Aaron climbing the Couloir....
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down CC ready to ski.
Looking down CC ready to ski.
Rock Climbing Photo: Crooked Couloir in red.
Crooked Couloir in red.

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By Jeff Barnow
From: Boulder Co
Jan 30, 2007

Does a cornice form on the top of this route in the winter time or is that the couliour to the west of this one? Does anyone know the name of this one if it isn't the mentioned?

I did one last winter which was a lot of fun and a great snow route with a good finish. We descended a couloir that was climber's right of this one that seemed to be great for a ski descent. It was a nice glissade as well.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 30, 2007

I don't believe a cornice forms at the top of this couloir. Sorry, I don't think I have a photo of this couloir I can add.

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