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post #91 of 231
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Originally Posted by Canuck34
Man, that picture looks so intimidating.

I remember years back Powder did a thing on the 10 hardest inbounds runs in NA. Corbets was second and Saudan Couloir (Couloir Extreme) was first.

Judging by that pic, they were way off. I've skied Saudan several times, and I never had to drop in. Also, although your pic may distort it a bit, Saudan doesn't look nearly as steep as that.

Always hard to judge by pics, but I don't think I would have skied Saudan if it had a 20 foot drop in!
thats ridiculous! couloir ex isn't even in the top 10 most difficult runs on blackcomb much less whistler/blackcomb. there's no cornice, no drop in.. its just a long run, its actually the easiest way down chainsaw ridge. its not hard at all. false face right beside it is much steeper, hawai 5-0 right beside it is even steeper and extremely narrow.. then there's bushrat and bushwhip down the ridge which usually have some pretty big cornices.. still, none of it looks anywhere near as intimidating as corbets does.
post #92 of 231
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brock Landers
I think we need a pic of Bob dropping in, leading a group into the lions den, and also the resulting picture of him chasing down a runaway ski
Heh.

Your post made me realize that I don't have a single photo of me in Corbet's. Maybe I never actually did it. :

As for getting a photo of me in there, I wouldn't necessarily say that I'm *retired* from doing Corbet's but I am a whole lot more selective on when I'll do it. I'm also nursing a slight mcl tear from a couple of weeks ago, so I'm not going in for awhile no matter how good it might look.

If we continue to get a lot of snow, maybe the conditions will look good and I'll give it a shot. If I do, I'll make sure to get some photos.
post #93 of 231
Thread Starter 

Some more photos...

I took a few shots yesterday when we had a little window of sunshine.

Interestingly enough, a local outdoor filmmaker, Peter Pilafian, was there trying to get shots for a short film he's doing to commemorate Corbet's. I talked to him for awhile as we waited for *someone* to drop in. We waited through four trams and a lot of people looked but nobody did.
His movie should be very interesting and I'll post the details on how to buy it once it's available.

I did get a few photos of the couloir again. This one shows most of the entrance from below and out (taken from the tram as we went by). Notice the ski and pole lying along the fall line:



The next two show the former owner of the ski and pole as he makes his way a little further down the chute, trying to come to a stop:





still going...





This one shows a view of the wall on the skier's right after entering. The scale is all screwy, but it might give a feel for the rocks that have to be avoided:




And this last on is the obligatory looking-through-the-ski-tips-over-the-edge photo:

post #94 of 231
OK, Bob- the last one convinced me- I'm not ready for that!
post #95 of 231
Bob - Thanks for the pics! The first picture really gives the drop a sense of scale. Looks like it'd be fun on a pow day - not sure why the skier pictured thought hucking onto hardpack would be a good idea. :
post #96 of 231
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Notice the ski and pole lying along the fall line:
Ahem... it gives the phrase "fall line" a whole new meaning, I think... :
post #97 of 231
Great pics Bob. :

I take it all back now. I've stated on a few threads recently that I hope to do Corbets when I hit JH next week. I don't think I'm going to now (at least not this year : ). I have seen older pics where it looked almost doable for me, depending on what the drop looks like when it was taken, and started considering it. Now, with it looking like that, I don't think so.
post #98 of 231
I have attempted Corbet's in conditions like Bob's pictures shows. It was 8 or 9 years ago in a JH Steep Camp. All the other groups roped in during the morning session. Our group felt you either did the entry or it's not worth it. We skied over to it in the afternoon and 3 of 4 of us decied to try it. Everyone else had turned up their binding settings during lunch in anticipation of the run except me .

I made a brave leap and to my surprise landed well balanced on both skis heading toward the rock wall. One little problem, both skis had released. As I tried to turn I rag-dolled down the couloir. Lost hat (didn't wear a helmet back then), gloves, poles, and googles. On the way down 2 fellow group members who had gone before me kept on yelling self-arrest directions at me. Twice I got my feet downhill and toes dug in only to flip around and cartwheel once again. I'm sure it was quite a sight.

As my instructor skied down to check me out he immediately lifted up both pant legs saying the last person he had seen flashing Corbet's in such manner had a compound tib-fib fracture and he wanted to be sure I hadn't done the same. (Could have been the same guy Bob talked about?)

Luckily, I skied a way with only a few scrapes, bruises, and a deflated ego.
post #99 of 231
The pictures in this thread confirm that I am way out of my league. If any of you think I'm going to "meet up" with you and do THAT! You're nuts!:

I'm in awe!
post #100 of 231
Bob those are sweet pics but even better stories. Some people mentioned the Bushrat cornices on chainsaw ridge in Blackcomb. I thought I'd post up a pic of Bushrat cornice. I've never been to Corbetts but Bushrat is pretty straightforward as you just straightline the landing - you don't need to do a turn like in Corbetts



post #101 of 231
Bob, thanks for sharing those great stories!

I have only been to Jackson Hole once, and it was a bad snow year (a few years ago) and Corbet's wasn't open. But I did stand at the top of it and look down and I DID have a real creepy feeling of the heebie-jeebies. I don't know if I could make myself do it in a good snow year or not. One thing for sure: Until you've stood at the top of it, you'll never know how intimidating it really is. But I think that anyone who has the chance to try it THIS season is in luck because conditions are about as good as they ever get!

I love the story of the ski writer's wife doing it and doing it beautifully and him getting ticked off about it. I think I know who you are talking about, but I will have to do a little investigating to see if I'm right.

Thatsagirl
post #102 of 231
The old adage "A man has to know his limitations" applies for me looking at the Corbett pics. I'd love to be able to do it, but I think more bad things could happen than the prospects for a successful launch and landing. Probably not the best place to decide you're ready to get some air.
I didn't ski the Blow Hole at Blackcomb a few years ago and there wasn't even a cornice to jump.

Great pictures .
post #103 of 231
thats not bushrat, thats at the very bottom of chainsaw ridge, bushrat is much further up the ridge and if you drop the cornice straight you'd probably go over the cliff.. i would imagine you'd want to hit it an an angle. most people sideslip in. but yeah, thats still a huge cornice thats a good 30 foot drop.

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Originally Posted by LeeLau
Bob those are sweet pics but even better stories. Some people mentioned the Bushrat cornices on chainsaw ridge in Blackcomb. I thought I'd post up a pic of Bushrat cornice. I've never been to Corbetts but Bushrat is pretty straightforward as you just straightline the landing - you don't need to do a turn like in Corbetts



post #104 of 231
you're right. Come to think of it I think its hawaii 5-0. Bushrat's cornice isn't as big as that.
post #105 of 231
Quote:
Originally Posted by LeeLau
you're right. Come to think of it I think its hawaii 5-0. Bushrat's cornice isn't as big as that.
heh its not hawaii 5-0, hawaii 5-0 is the craziest line on that whole ridge, its between false face and bushrat.. i don't have my book handy otherwise i'd give you the name.. anyways, its just some nothing run all way at the bottom of chainsaw ridge... very little vert.
post #106 of 231
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Originally Posted by quixotle
thats not bushrat, thats at the very bottom of chainsaw ridge, bushrat is much further up the ridge and if you drop the cornice straight you'd probably go over the cliff.. i would imagine you'd want to hit it an an angle. most people sideslip in. but yeah, thats still a huge cornice thats a good 30 foot drop.

You could drop Bushrat straight without going over the cliff. It's a relatively mild bend to the left once you're in and the bend is a far enough down. I dropped into it from an angle on the skiers left side. It was about an 8-10 ft drop. But the opening is pretty wide. When I was there, the options to get in ranged from a 5 foot drop closer to the cliff on the skier's right or about 15 ft straight down the middle. From the angle I went in, there really was nothing to run into after landing. Corbet's looks like a much tougher entry from the pics.
post #107 of 231
I was just there this past week and had all intentions of doing it but I had only two tram runs the whole time there. The first day there was way too cloudy and I could barely see it from the tram on the way up. When I got off the tram the winds seemed like 60+ and the visability was horrific so there was no way I was even going over there. I ended up going down the hobacks and had a blast doing so.

The next time I went up the tram was two days later and was with the girlfriend but without our helmets. Going up the tram I got a really good look at it and saw two sections of rock just beneath the snow peaking out. I may have tried it but without a helmet I wasn't going anywhere near it. The snow was great that day, 9" of fresh but ever since wearing a helmet, if I'm not wearing it I feel naked on hairy trails.
post #108 of 231
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
It would probably be a good idea.

Our two favorite restaurants for that kind of dinner are The Blue Lion in town, 307-733-3912, and Stiegler's at the JH Racquet Club Resort (The Aspens), 307-733-1071.

Both are upper-middle in terms of price. Snake River Grill and the Westbank Grill are the two high-priced eateries in the area. Rendezvous Bistro, Old Yellowstone Garage, the Mangy Moose, Cascade, Vertical, Snake River Brew Pub, and Old Yellowstone Garage are also ones we like.
I can comment on the Blue Lion as I was just in Jackson this past week and we ate there. The food was great but what was even better was that they have a 20% off coupon in the JH daily (I believe everday) if you are seated before 6:30. We got there at ten til 5 and were the first ones there. I had their special, Buffalo tenderloin and it was fantastic. It was very much like steak but worth a try for all of those filet lovers out there. I highly recommend it!
post #109 of 231
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Heh.

Your post made me realize that I don't have a single photo of me in Corbet's. Maybe I never actually did it. :

As for getting a photo of me in there, I wouldn't necessarily say that I'm *retired* from doing Corbet's but I am a whole lot more selective on when I'll do it. I'm also nursing a slight mcl tear from a couple of weeks ago, so I'm not going in for awhile no matter how good it might look.

If we continue to get a lot of snow, maybe the conditions will look good and I'll give it a shot. If I do, I'll make sure to get some photos.
Bob you could have fooled me with the way you skied with us this past Wednesday! We had a blast with you that morning even though the snow was terrible the rest of the day. On Thursday, we had the most epic ski day of our lives and were wishing you were able to share it with us. We did all of the expert runs off of Apre Vous and did untracked to little tracked powder all morning. Definitely the best skiing of our lives! Thanks again for skiing with us Bob and we look forward to skiing with you sometime again. I wrote up a trip report on Targhee and will do so in a day or two for JH as well.
post #110 of 231




Bob,

So does anybody ever "take the plunge" from the rocks on the skiers right? Looks like an "interesting" line. Drop off the rocks, land on the little cornice just above the 3 rock sticking out of the snow, straight line it past them, transition off the little ledge, land, airplane turn to the right and you're in. I could see where your mistake might be "hardened", with that one...

L
post #111 of 231
Here's one that looks over the edge a little bit:

http://www.biglines.com/photos/norma...ines_50677.gif
post #112 of 231
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Originally Posted by Lonnie
http://www.biglines.com/photos/norma...ines_50461.jpg

http://www.biglines.com/photos/norma...ines_50457.jpg

Bob,

So does anybody ever "take the plunge" from the rocks on the skiers right? Looks like an "interesting" line. Drop off the rocks, land on the little cornice just above the 3 rock sticking out of the snow, straight line it past them, transition off the little ledge, land, airplane turn to the right and you're in. I could see where your mistake might be "hardened", with that one...

L
I was thinking the same thing. Looks more doable in the first picture though. All I can say is, Corbet's is crazy!
post #113 of 231
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lonnie
http://www.biglines.com/photos/norma...ines_50461.jpg

http://www.biglines.com/photos/norma...ines_50457.jpg

Bob,

So does anybody ever "take the plunge" from the rocks on the skiers right? Looks like an "interesting" line. Drop off the rocks, land on the little cornice just above the 3 rock sticking out of the snow, straight line it past them, transition off the little ledge, land, airplane turn to the right and you're in. I could see where your mistake might be "hardened", with that one...

L
I have seen tracks on that in a really big snow year.

I'll have to look at it a little more closely. I think that the closed ropes are arranged in a way to prevent (or heavily dissuade) people from taking that line, but I'll check.

Also, I do know that the very top entrance to that line would involve an overhanging cornice that builds up over a rock crevice. I think it would take quite a bit of faith to stand on that cornice trying to scope your landing and not be worried about the cornice giving way. They don't bomb that part way over there.

Anyway, it's an interesting concept. You can look for yourself when you get here.
post #114 of 231
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Originally Posted by ILOVE2SKI
I was thinking the same thing. Looks more doable in the first picture though. All I can say is, Corbet's is crazy!
I don't know if it is or isn't. The transition looks off camber and more difficult. Without some aerial roatation of the skis, I bet you'd bury them in the face and go for a tumble...

L
post #115 of 231
It looks to me like the other line would require more skill, but would not produce as much speed. The regular way requires only guts and a little skill. I suspect that highly skilled skiers who don't like high speeds or big drops might choose that line, but I have to wonder what they are doing on a run like that if they don't want to it the "regular" way.
post #116 of 231
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Originally Posted by Ghost
but I have to wonder what they are doing on a run like that if they don't want to it the "regular" way.
Ghost, they are doing the best they can. Skiing Corbet's is an opportunity of a lifetime. I respect the fact that they are willing to step up. I ski it my way, you ski it your way, and they ski it their way.

I keep looking at skier's right over the rock. It's quite a drop but looks like a good way to go. Looking over the edge might give a different perspective: a steep landing with the expancive slope below. That could be intimidating.

By the way - for the record - I have not skied it!
post #117 of 231
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Originally Posted by Ghost
but I have to wonder what they are doing on a run like that if they don't want to it the "regular" way.
Just to be different...
post #118 of 231
What is the pitch at the landing zone and the rest of the way down? What is the aspect?

Steve
post #119 of 231
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Originally Posted by freeskinow
I keep looking at skier's right over the rock. It's quite a drop but looks like a good way to go. Looking over the edge might give a different perspective:
Yes. It will.
That would be a scary way to go in. If you do it, get it on video.
post #120 of 231
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
Yes. It will.
That would be a scary way to go in. If you do it, get it on video.
Wicked steep landing into steep! Looks to be more than 15 feet with a brief soft landing.

So, the only real option is to pretty much straight line the chimney? Are there other ways in?
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