Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
The Fairy Lake Road does not fully open until June typically. Can be a long walk to the summer parking lot, but doable.
Where most folks ski down the north-facing The Great One Couloir
, the Southeast Face of Naya Nuki is a long and fun corn run in the spring. The wide open face allows for some big open turns until it funnels and steepens through some cliff bands.
Need to Know
This run is a MASSIVE avalanche path. Based on the state of the trees at the bottom of the basin, it can slide in a big way, similar to Saddle Peak
to the south. It is best skied in stable spring conditions, and due to its aspect is one of the best corn runs in the Bridgers.
Gain the summit of Naya Nuki via The Great One - Ascent
and then drop down the large face to the southeast. The top 800' of the broad face offer great turns, and there are two options to navigate the cliff bands below: one to stay in the main funnel and navigate the steep choke that opens to the apron at the bottom, and the other to stay skiers right, bump out of the main funnel, and find a wide exit couloir that drops right down into the main basin below.
To exit, ascend the East Ridge of Naya Nuki by heading due north from the basin. Either climb back up to Naya Nuki and ski The Great One, or drop into the basin to the north and exit out towards Fairy Lake.
Shared By: Charlie Avis