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North Couloir

North Couloir

North Couloir

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.20572°N / 118.70822°W

Object Title: North Couloir

Route Type: Skiing

Season: Spring

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: 45 degrees

Grade: II

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Created/Edited: May 20, 2010 / May 21, 2010

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Killer, corniced ski run down from the Goethe's west saddle.

Getting There

Approach Goethe a variety of ways-
1: Over Paiute Pass to Goethe Lake
2: Skier's traversing Alpine Col (north or south bound) might want to make the side trip.
3: Day trippers might do as the author once did- approach via North Lake and Keyhole Plateau.

Route Description

Climb up from bottom, at east end of Goethe Glacier.
Or approach from above (after climbing or skinning the Southeast Slopes-) Cornice coverage will vary with the season, but if approaching from above, note that from the saddle there are two couloirs- the eastern-most one is generally better covered.
The route's "primary image" was taken immediately following a warm-wet storm with moderate and sustained SW winds- perfect cornice building conditions.

External Links

Snowboard Trip report
Ski Tour


Goethe\'s North Couloir