Crater Lakes Couloir #4
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -402' -123 m
High: 10,968' 3,343 m
Low: 10,565' 3,220 m
GradeAvg Slope: 26% (14°)
Max Slope: 103% (46°)
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“A relatively steep couloir down to the lake with the added benefit of being fully visible from the top.”— Zander Göpfert
That said, as opposed to some of the other ski options, this couloir can be scouted from top to bottom without any cliff bands or obstacles and a long run out at the lake, in case the worst happens. There is good potential here to do another lap or to try another of the neighboring couloirs.
We were able to continue the traverse back to the approach all the way back to the car without having to transition and with minor skate skiing.
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Land Manager: USFS - Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Office