ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -658' -201 m
High: 12,417' 3,785 m
Low: 11,759' 3,584 m
GradeAvg Slope: 37% (21°)
Max Slope: 44% (24°)
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The Little Italy Couloir
0.3 mi 0.4 km • -785 ft Descent • -239.15 m Descent
The Bowl (a.k.a. Big Blue)
0.5 mi 0.8 km • -986 ft Descent • -300.54 m Descent
The Y Couloir - Middle Fork
0.4 mi 0.6 km • -1,351 ft Descent • -411.69 m Descent
The East Face
1.3 mi 2.2 km • -2,804 ft Descent • -854.6 m Descent
0.1 mi 0.2 km • -313 ft Descent • -95.36 m Descent
The Diamond Couloir
0.3 mi 0.4 km • -722 ft Descent • -220.03 m Descent
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“A moderate ascent/descent that is a good option on days when the major couloirs are unstable.”— Jonah Seifer
Climb to the entrance of Little Italy and traverse north into the bowl or ascend directly from the moderately forested slide path that intersects the beginning of the trail. Once at the base of the bowl, several ascent options exist. We choose to climb the looker's right side, as it steers clear of the eponymous cornice and permits one to reach the ridgeline faster than a direct ascent.
Do be cautious of that cornice—despite the relatively easy skiing this bowl offers, I have often turned away because of the risk posed by the large cornice that develops there.
Once on the ridge, a handful of descent options present themselves. For a mellow descent, take the skier's left side of the bowl toward the avalanche path. The bowl becomes progressively steeper (and more corniced) as you work your way south (looker's left). The transition from ridge to bowl also becomes increasingly convex, so be aware of that terrain's propensity to trigger avalanches. More confident skiers can continue traversing south where a steep, technical headwall guards entry into the bowl.
None of these routes are complete without sampling the famous Pikes Peak Donuts at the summit House, so celebrate a safe day in the backcountry up there.
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