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Cloud Peak South Couloir

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One of the biggest ski descents in the Bighorns.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Ski Line

13,063' 3,982 m

High

10,368' 3,160 m

Low

2' 1 m

Up

2,697' 822 m

Down

15%

Avg Slope (9°)

75%

Max Slope (37°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

Bighorns high point summit and a rarely-skied big line.

Need to Know

Wilderness permit required from Bighorn National Forest.

Description

See approach notes for Cloud Peak West Ridge Approach. Cloud Peak South Couloir drops 1,700 feet onto the saddle west of Sapphire Lake. The top of this line can be scouted from the west ridge approach. The top pitch of this line is quite steep with a slight rollover and is no fall terrain with rock buttress on skier's left. The middle pitch is more narrow and can be deeply runneled by avalanche debris. The bottom is a skier friendly apron of about 35 degrees on skier's left.

After descending, ascend to the saddle and schush the Paintrock Headwaters Lakes 2.5 miles back to base camp. A skier can also take the much gentler route back down the west ridge.

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Slim Drifter

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View north from Cloud Peak summit
Jan 2, 2020 near Buffalo, WY
Skiing the top pitch of south couloir
Jan 2, 2020 near Buffalo, WY

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