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Cornice Bowl

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Ascent

-658' -201 m

Descent

37%

Avg Slope (21°)

44%

Max Slope (24°)

12,417' 3,785 m

High

11,759' 3,584 m

Low

Shared By Jonah Seifer

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A moderate ascent/descent that is a good option on days when the major couloirs are unstable.

Jonah Seifer
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

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Standard Pikes Peak Highway restrictions apply - be sure to get off the mountain before they close or else face a fine

Need to Know

This bowl is more exposed to the sun than any other in Glen Cove - caution is advised on warm afternoons and when travelling near/under the cornice.

Description

The Cornice Bowl is hard to miss - its plainly visible on the lookers right (north side) of Glen Cove and can be accessed via The Approach to Glen Cove.

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 lookers-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.

History & Background

The now-closed Pikes Peak Ski Area is partially visible from this route. Saplings have begun to reclaim this area and I do not generally recommend skiing it unless all steeper objectives are too risky for the given snowpack.

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