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Dragontail Couloir

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Length

0.5 Miles 0.9 Kilometers


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Ascent

-1,633' -498 m

Descent

58%

Avg Slope (30°)

106%

Max Slope (47°)

11,784' 3,592 m

High

10,151' 3,094 m

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A rocky mountain mega-classic

Eric Internicola

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Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

Cornice at the top of the couloir. There's rock fall potential, and this is definitely avalanche terrain. I recommend a springtime descent.

Description [Suggest Changes]

Fantastic springtime skiing. It's very common to skin up Flattop or to climb the couloir from Emerald Lake. From the top, there are two entrances—the classic entrance is to the looker's left, and the Incisor entrance is to the right. The Incisor is probably skied more commonly since it's not as steep or narrow as the classic line, however it does involve an exposed traverse over a cliff band where it connects to Dragon Tail.

After the two entrances merge, the couloir gets much wider and far less steep. From there out, it's a consistent, mid-30s slope the rest of the way making it an absolute blast to ski. After you get out of the couloir, there's an apron to ski down to get to Emerald Lake. This apron can be enough fun on its own that people lap it on clear days.

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Sep 20, 2017
JoshuaRichardson
0.6mi
Jun 4, 2017
Ben Richardson
We made it almost all the way up the left fork but stopped about 100 ft from the saddle due to insecure snow and exposed rock. A pretty serious wet... 5.2mi
May 5, 2017
Justin Palm
Good sized wet slide at the base of Dragon's Tail/Dead Elk. Looks icy and iffy due to much of the soft top layer sliding off the southern facing as...
Apr 16, 2017
Anfarwal Vr
w/ CH, went 2/3 up couloir since didn't have gear (and my 1st). Ate lunch at the lake. 4.5mi — 4h 30m
Apr 16, 2017
Ryan Overton
Mar 25, 2017
Jeremy Bauman
Mar 15, 2017
Josh Newman
Feb 16, 2017
Rob DeZonia
Awesome! Climbed in and road down skier's left. Steep and in my face up top!

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  4.9 from 15 votes

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