This couloir is on the south side of Audubon and makes an excellent ski descent. The couloir is only visible as you get close to Blue Lake. It has a significant zig westward in the middle, hence the name "Crooked". Best months for an ascent or ski descent are May and June. After that the couloir melts out and is a giant mass of scree.
Approaches (1) Hike the trail to Blue Lake (probably snow covered). Walk around the north side of the lake and head up the couloir. There may be several snow strips visible, but the one you want is generally the most westward and most continuous snow. It is not deeply inset. (2) Hike 200 yards towards Pauite from the summit of Audubon to a shallow saddle, this is the top of the couloir.
As a ski descent, this couloir maxes out at about 40 degrees. Because it is crooked, you can't ski straight down the fall line, and a fall might slam you into the side. It is wide enough that this isn't a big concern, however.
Aaron climbing the Couloir....
Crooked Couloir in red.
Looking down CC ready to ski.
Got to love the late season bike approach. Even th...
|Comments on Crooked Couloir
|By Jeff Barnow|
From: Boulder Co
Jan 30, 2007
Does a cornice form on the top of this route in the winter time or is that the couliour to the west of this one? Does anyone know the name of this one if it isn't the mentioned?
I did one last winter which was a lot of fun and a great snow route with a good finish. We descended a couloir that was climber's right of this one that seemed to be great for a ski descent. It was a nice glissade as well.
|By George Bell|
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 30, 2007
I don't believe a cornice forms at the top of this couloir. Sorry, I don't think I have a photo of this couloir I can add.