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Ice Spider Couloir

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 4.5 (2) SKI LINE

A steep, rugged, and gnarly couloir at the head of Lake Fork's east ridge.


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12,266' 3,739 m

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11,577' 3,529 m

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Up

688' 210 m

Down

60%

Avg Slope (31°)

127%

Max Slope (52°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Wilderness Area—no mechanized equipment, drones etc.

Need to Know

This is Class 3 avalanche terrain.

Description

This steep line slides often during and after winter storms, and large wet slides are common during the springtime. It's not noticeable from much of the surrounding area and isn't skied often. When conditions are safe, usually during spring on cold mornings, it makes for an awesome alpine climb and descent when the snow softens enough to ride. The best approach is via the Lake Fork Primitive Route.

The top of the line is a steep couloir lined with jagged cliffs. It opens onto an apron and drops into a basin following an open avalanche path that runs below the treeline.

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J. Bella

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  4.5 from 2 votes

#257

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in New Mexico

#257

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Ice Spider Couloir ~ when it's safe an ice axe is usually nice to have
Jan 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Deception from below Ice Spider Couloir
Oct 1, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Lake Fork's east ridge from Frazer Mountain.  Cerberus Couloir is in the center, 4th of July on the right
Dec 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Ice hopping in the Ice Spider Couloir
Jan 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM

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Jun 7, 2019
Lee Ringer
Excellent line, very top of couloir had a weird crust, so I transitioned and skied ~15 feet from top.@ — 2h 00m