Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
II D4 R1
This is not a summit ski, although the summit block for Paiute Peak is not far off. The very top and very bottom are the steepest parts. According to CalTopo and our own observations, the steepest angle is closer to 40 degrees, but I trust most sources that say this only hits about 35 degrees.
Copied from Front Range SkiMo:
"The South Slope is commonly used as a climb to access the South Ridge of Paiute Peak, and often as a bail out for skiers and mountaineers who got here too late and then the Curvaceous Couloir and Southeast Face turned into a Slurpee death trap. This is a fun ski line in its own right and the views from here are great. From Little Blue Lake, head southwest and around the rock rib that separates the Curvaceous from the Southeast Face, continue west past the Curvaceous Couloir to a flat bench at the bottom of the slope."
I brought a newbie to skiing when I was here, and he had a great time on this one. He got to practice bootpacking (although not strictly necessary if you want a super steep skintrack). This holds great corn in the morning, descend closer to 10:30 to get optimal snow.
Shared By: Thomas Beatty