The Little Italy Couloir
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -785' -239 m
High: 12,618' 3,846 m
Low: 11,833' 3,607 m
GradeAvg Slope: 54% (28°)
Max Slope: 66% (33°)
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“An excellent broad couloir that affords amazing spring skiing and a fun beginner ski-mo objective.”— Chris Dickson
Keep skinning until it gets too steep and you get to the base of the couloir. The climb from here really only requires boots and poles, and kicking steps up the right side of the couloir is rather straightforward and easy.
This is serious avalanche terrain, so be cautious and know the snow conditions before you go. Pikes Peak often has a completely unique snowpack compared to the rest of the Front Range, so it is wise to dig a pit and assess stability before you begin climbing up the couloir.
Climb to the top, rip skins and let 'er rip down the 40-60ft wide couloir! It's a very straightforward ski, but as you get to the bottom and the couloir begins to bootleg skier's right, be careful of the convex rollover, which can be a trigger point for a slide in the lower section. You can ski this line all the way down to the bottom of the Cirque.
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