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black Fairchild Mountain South Face

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1.1 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
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Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -2,447' -746 m
High: 13,456' 4,101 m
Low: 11,009' 3,355 m

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Avg Slope: 43% (23°)
Max Slope: 67% (34°)
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Avalanche risk for May 22, 2019: Considerable

Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential. Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely.

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A mile-long ski descent from the 5th tallest peak in RMNP.

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Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

While the skiing is mostly wide-open, there are a couple of hazards to be aware of. This is prime avalanche terrain in a remote location. It's south-facing; so make sure to get an early start in the spring before wet slides become an issue. The bottom part of the "hourglass" (the last half of the descent) also has some rocky/cliff sections to navigate. Trending skier's right is often the safest way to circumvent this section.

While the ascent from Ypsilon Lake is the shortest and most direct, an ascent via the Northeast Face may be just as quick and less of a hassle (no bushwhacking), depending on the conditions.

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The South Face (Hourglass Couloir) of Fairchild Mountain is a great line. With a summit over 13,500', nearly 2,000 vertical feet of above-timberline skiing, and great views of the Longs cirque, this is a rewarding peak to ski.

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