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East Twin

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 5.0 (1) SKI LINE

This is a great run for anyone who's never before skied a couloir of any sort.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Ski Line

10,547' 3,215 m

High

9,243' 2,817 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,303' 397 m

Down

39%

Avg Slope (21°)

68%

Max Slope (34°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

This is a unique skiing experience as it has you skiing between high walls of rock on both sides. There is plenty of room for making turns. The view is inspiring the whole way down.

Need to Know

Deseret Peak is popular enough to be a zoo on the weekends. You may have better luck trying to get up there on a weekday.

Description

Of course, conditions can very significantly depending on an innumerable number of factors. I was a bit too early, so the temperatures were not yet high enough to soften the snow for good skiing. It was overcast the whole day except for about a minute when the sun shown with full force. It was powerful enough to quickly destabilize the snow, had the sun been aloud to shine not much longer. Interestingly, I was also not too late. Just as I was exiting the basin, clouds rolled in and covered the entire mountain in a thick fog, which would have complicated the already-tricky, rock-laden descent.

I would call the east couloir an easy black at the resort, but it looks terrifying on the approach, only because it's impossible to see how steep it is until you're on it. The higher up you climb into the couloir, the more confident you'll feel about making your descent. Of course, turn back if you're seeing roller balls.

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Spencer Parkin

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This was taken at the top of the east twin looking north.
Jun 12, 2020 near Grantsv…, UT
This was taken at the top of the east twin couloir looking south.
Jun 12, 2020 near Grantsv…, UT
This was taken from the top of the east twin looking west toward Deseret Peak.
Jun 12, 2020 near Grantsv…, UT
This was my descent of the east twin.  Yes, I'm a terrible skier.  Do you want to ski with me?  I can't get anyone to ski with me.
Jun 12, 2020 near Grantsv…, UT
This is looking up the west couloir of the twins.  Skiing off fall-line and avoiding lots of debris was not my idea of fun, so I skied the east twin.
Jun 12, 2020 near Grantsv…, UT

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