mcg11 wrote:... Still trying to digest all the options and read through the route descriptions. Any thoughts on what conditions might be like on Grunge Couloir on North Timpanogos in early December?
That early in the season, it's not likely the Grunge Couloir will provide the snow conditions that will approximate firm snow or alpine ice. The early season snowpack is typically unconsolidated and granular. You might get a crust on top, but it's usually only semi-suportable which would be crappy for the conditions you're trying to find.
Your best bet is something with a southern aspect that will melt and freeze during a warm spell and gain a nice, thick, firm, supportable surface. For those conditions in December, you're probably looking at South Face of Superior (right up the middle, or Pinball Alley), or other chutes along that south facing Cottonwood Ridge (i.e. White Pine Chutes, Tanner's Gulch, Maybird Couloir, Lisa Falls Couloir). The west face of Timp, which is actually facing southwest, could also be good from all the sun and wind on the upper slopes.
January always seems to provide a 2 week thaw that creates firm snow and you'll have a deeper, more stable, snowpack by then. Just food for thought.