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The Coin Slot Couloir

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A cool rappel into a moderately steep but very tight couloir.


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Ski Line

10,399' 3,170 m

High

9,857' 3,004 m

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Up

542' 165 m

Down

66%

Avg Slope (34°)

70%

Max Slope (35°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

This is a Summit County classic and a very short tour from Frisco.

Need to Know

Come prepared with rappelling gear and an anchor, in case the ones there have rotted. On a really big year, it could be possible to skip the rappel, but best to be prepared.

Description

From the parking lot, cross Tenmile Creek, take the bike path for a quarter mile, and then make the climb on the Mt. Royal summer trail. Once you get to the saddle between Mt. Royal and Peak 1 (fairly obvious, you can start seeing to the north) start searching the "cliffed-out" area to the right of the trail for a tree with old slings at the base. This is about three-quarters of the way across the saddle, and below the trail. Rap into the couloir from there; it's about a 25m rappel. It's fairly flat at the bottom of the rap, so putting your skis on in the couloir isn't a problem.

It's roughly a 1,400-foot skin, followed by a few hundred foot down climb and rappel, leaving you with an 1,100-foot or so ski. The choke of the couloir is just about 2 meters wide, but that only lasts for 10 to 20 feet. The rest of the tight section is very skiable.

Once you exit the couloir, it opens up to an apron that then drops you onto the bike path. The apron can be very fun to ski, or very rocky, just check it out from I-70 so you know what you're dropping into. Follow the bike path to the northeast to get back to the parking lot.

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Jacob Winey

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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The choke in Coin Slot, see I-70 below.
Apr 11, 2016 near Frisco, CO

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Apr 1, 2022
Brady Martin
Skied with Jeremy. Super fun powder conditions
Apr 28, 2021
William Stephen
Firm snow but awesome line, about a ski length to work with
Apr 7, 2021
Britton Thomas
Mar 7, 2021
Jacob Winey
Great snow in the couloir, the apron was crust over facets over rocks. There's a large boulder near the bottom of the couloir you need to down-climb.
Apr 14, 2020
Dylan Kobriger
Apr 6, 2019
Austin West
1h 44m
Feb 17, 2019
Jesse Villines
Mar 10, 2018
Sean Coyle
pretty good in the slot, shit snow once you get out of the slot though