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A mellow descent that can be skied from the Colorado Highpoint.


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0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Ski Line

13,784' 4,201 m

High

12,564' 3,829 m

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0' 0 m

Up

1,220' 372 m

Down

36%

Avg Slope (20°)

78%

Max Slope (38°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

This is a fun and easier pair of couloirs on Elbert (relative to the Box Creek Chutes or NW Couloirs) that you can ski from the summit and reconnect to the Mt. Elbert: East Ridge skintrack, or you can add these as a second lap in addition to the Box Creek Chutes.

Description

Use the Mt. Elbert: East Ridge skintrack (or hiking trail, depending on season and snow coverage). This line descends from the major SE shoulder junction that is frequently the end of the proper summit snowfields, hence one can ski this line from the summit.

If summiting, ski down the summit snowfields (incredible turns here!), and drop skiers right towards this not-so-obvious fall line to the SE. If adding to the Box Creek Chutes, you'll need to hike or skin back to the junction on the SE shoulder after dropping Box Creek and then ski down the line to the SE. Another option would be to simply hike to the shoulder and ski this line.

Regardless of the day's plan, once you've skied the line, you can actually see the hiking trail / skintrack to the east from the bottom of the SE basin you're now in. Choose the most efficient line back to the hiking trail and either ski or hike back down to the East Ridge TH.

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Jake Albright

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#533

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in Twin Lakes

#204

in Colorado

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Photos

looking down the SE Couloirs on Elbert
Jun 5, 2023 near Leadvil…, CO
looking down from the top of the Box Creek Chutes in June 2023
Jun 5, 2023 near Leadvil…, CO
Looking back at most of the above-treeline portion of the route ... the route is incredibly obvious - follow the ridge (hikers can be seen on the trail at right center).
Feb 27, 2023 near Leadvil…, CO
skiing the SE Couloirs on Elbert
Jun 5, 2023 near Leadvil…, CO
Mt. Elbert SE Couloirs seen here right of center. Both lines have a very similar composition - choose your favorite
Jun 5, 2023 near Leadvil…, CO
close up of the pair of couloirs - snow here late into the season
Jun 5, 2023 near Leadvil…, CO
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