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black Dead Dog Couloir

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Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -1,286' -392 m
High: 13,876' 4,230 m
Low: 12,590' 3,837 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 51% (27°)
Max Slope: 66% (33°)
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Trail shared by Jacob Winey

Avalanche risk for May 30, 2019: Moderate

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern. Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.

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A classic, steep shot down one of Colorado's most popular 14ers.

Jacob Winey
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

I've had the best luck with this line in late spring (late May - early June).

Since it's facing due east, you want to be dropping in around 8:00 AM.

This is also a popular snow climbing route, so be aware of climbers on the way down.

Description

This is the steepest of the three classic lines down Torreys Peak. The couloir's entrance is down Kelso Ridge, just north of the summit. You can also ski the east face of Torreys from the summit then cut into the couloir skiers left before the face cliffs out about half way down.

Dead Dog starts off at around 60 degrees, then quickly evens out to a mellower 45-50 degrees. The couloir itself offers great, consistently steep skiing. It also has rounded walls, kind of like a half pipe, making it extra playful. Watch your slough as you descend, however. This line can develop a runnel as it reaches late spring. Be aware of other skiers and snow climbers that might be coming up the couloir. Hopefully, they should be staying to the side so that they don't get taken away by the slough.

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