ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -1,465' -447 m
High: 13,727' 4,184 m
Low: 12,262' 3,737 m
GradeAvg Slope: 50% (27°)
Max Slope: 80% (39°)
Popular ski lines nearby
1.8 mi 2.9 km • -1,648 ft Descent • -502.23 m Descent
Ranch Creek Trees
0.7 mi 1.1 km • -880 ft Descent • -268.27 m Descent
Fowler Trees East
0.6 mi 0.9 km • -966 ft Descent • -294.29 m Descent
0.3 mi 0.4 km • -348 ft Descent • -106.17 m Descent
0.9 mi 1.4 km • -1,280 ft Descent • -390.07 m Descent
Bowl off NE Aspect
0.3 mi 0.5 km • -416 ft Descent • -126.88 m Descent
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“Possibly the prettiest couloir in Colorado, and a bucket-list descent for any backcountry skier.”— Jacob Winey
The couloir starts just southeast from the summit, but you can usually ski from the true summit. From the top of the couloir, you can clearly see the 1,200' down to the right-hand exit out to Bowl of Tears. This exit is probably the most common way to ski the couloir. Some people choose to ski the entire couloir which involves a couple short rappels.
Once you exit from the couloir, you have a beautiful, open, east face to ski down to the lake. Getting back to Half Moon Pass from the lake involves a minefield of route-finding with quite a few hidden gems.
Enjoy! And know that a successful descent earns you permanent bragging rights every time you catch a view of Holy Cross from Vail or Copper.
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Land Manager: USFS - White River - Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District