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The Coin Slot Couloir

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0.2 mile 0.2 kilometer point to point
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Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -542' -165 m
High: 10,399' 3,170 m
Low: 9,857' 3,004 m

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Avg Slope: 66% (34°)
Max Slope: 70% (35°)
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Trail shared by Jacob Winey

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

Jacob Winey
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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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

This is a Summit County classic and a very short tour from Frisco. 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 3/4 of the way across the saddle, and below the trail. Rap into the couloir from there; it's a short rappel, maybe 50 feet. 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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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
Feb 3, 2017
Rob DeZonia
Super rad! It was hard and sick today so sorta felt like survival boarding...wouldn't want to fall and pinball down this shute!
Mar 5, 2016
Stephen Lutgring
Mar 13, 2015
Will Shaw

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