Originally Posted by Marty
Happened just 2 days back at Snowbird. Went on Cirque traverse and dropped down into the trees right above Mid Gad Restaurant. hung a right. Whoopeee Doo. Came across a chute - what i believe is referred to as Nirvana Shoulder. It looked like it was about 50 deg for about 3,4 turns there. chickened out. went around it but got back into it about half way down - where it was a more reasonable 40 deg pitch.
will get to it some other day.
I know exactly that spot, Marty - Nirvana Shoulder is what I've always heard it called too.
I've measured it with an inclinometer and depending on how the snow has blown in, it's an honest 48 degrees for about six or eight turns. Just for reference, it's steeper than anything inbounds at Jackson Hole (other than the vertical spots
). Just to spice it up, that little face on Nirvana drops into a pine-tree strainer, which adds to the commitment factor.
There's actually a shoulder-wide slot that drops about thirty feet through the trees at the skiers-right bottom of that face. I've skied that slot a couple of times in absolutely perfect condtions, but that's *my* back-off run. I've backed off it far more times than I've skied it. Meet Your Maker here at Jackson Hole feels pretty tame in comparison.
And for those of you who have backed off Corbet's, you most likely made the right decision. It's pretty ugly a high percentage of the time. If you're lucky enough to be one of the first ones there on a big powder day, it can be a kick. Other than those days, it's best left to the obsessed and and those who occupy the far left-hand side of the IQ bell curve.