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Couloirs (sp?)

post #1 of 18
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The idea of skiing in and around big rocks intrigues me. We just don't have this back here in the NorthEast. Do the ski areas around Salt Lake offer this sort of terrain?? Which ones??
post #2 of 18
Alta, Snowbird, Snow Basin all have some big rock terrain, a lot of which requires a little climbing.
post #3 of 18
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The idea of skiing in and around big rocks intrigues me. We just don't have this back here in the NorthEast. Do the ski areas around Salt Lake offer this sort of terrain?? Which ones??
You spelled it right.

In the SLC area: Solitude, Snowbird, Alta, and Snowbasin all have some pretty interesting rock-walled spots. To a somewhat lesser degree, Park City, Brighton, and Deer Valley(!) do as well.

Snowbird probably has the most that are inbounds or relatively easily to reach in the sidecountry.

With a small to moderate amount of walking or hiking from backcountry gates (when they're open), however, Snowbasin and Solitude have some couloirs that should raise your heartrate a few notches.
post #4 of 18
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I hate climbing. I'd rather ski.
post #5 of 18
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So, I hate climbing. However, when I get to Utah the inspiration of the terrain may be calling!!
post #6 of 18
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I hate climbing. I'd rather ski.
Sometimes climbing leads to places you'd rather ski than the places that don't require climbing.

post #7 of 18
There are thousands and thousands of mounatins with great skiing, but only a few of them have lift access. You certainly don't need to climb to ski, but if you don't you are severly limiting your possibilities. If you pick the right spot sometimes a little hiking can lead to a whole lot of good skiing. It is just a matter of seeking quality over quantity.
post #8 of 18
So how is "couloir" pronounced? I know the pronunciation is not "cooler", but that's as far as my non-existant French knowledge takes me.

What makes something a couloir anyway? i.e., are there differences between couloir's and chutes? I think of couloir's being narrow rock-lined chutes and chutes being narrow but without the rocks. If that makes any sense. Something where falling is a really bad idea either way.

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post #9 of 18
Sounds like Cool-lar.

This would be a Couloir (right in the middle)



or this



Some are more dangerous than others. They are some of the most striking features at any mountain.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
The idea of skiing in and around big rocks intrigues me. We just don't have this back here in the NorthEast. Do the ski areas around Salt Lake offer this sort of terrain?? Which ones??
We do have terrain like that in the East...Tuckerman's Ravine. However it requires a min 2-3 hours of hiking much of it with 30 lbs on your back to get to the top of the headwalls. Plenty of big scary rocks, narrow chutes and open bowls some with and some without runouts. Corbet's at JH was the only thing I've skied scarier and only because at the time it was 20 feet of mandatory air off the top but not as steep as some of the stuff at Tuck's.
Baldy Chute at Alta is a must do...again some hiking involved but not too much.
post #11 of 18
I always thought it was pronounced "cool-wahr"....but than again..ive never seen one in person so my street cred is limited.
post #12 of 18
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I always thought it was pronounced "cool-wahr"....but than again..ive never seen one in person so my street cred is limited.
That works for me.
post #13 of 18
Rock lined chutes are pretty much couloirs in my book. Chute, Couloir, I'll use the names interchangeably throught out a day. Maybe someone will come up with a difference.
post #14 of 18
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I always thought it was pronounced "cool-wahr"....but than again..ive never seen one in person so my street cred is limited.
That's it.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/couloirs
post #15 of 18
If you want to see some real couloirs take a look at this and his other pictures. http://www.philingle.com/20050329.asp
post #16 of 18
Couloir = French for Chute
Same thing essentially, simply different langauges. Synonyms.

But Couloir sounds sexier, like most things in French.

Lucky - along with Freedom Fries - we did not have to do a renaming...like Corbet's Chute
post #17 of 18
I ate freedom toast in the Rayburn house office building cafeteria the first day it was offered. It tasted like the french toast they used to sell.

The french sometimes say "cool-wah". I say cool-wahr, but probably should say cool-lar to prove I'm not french or in any way sympathetic to the french. They didn't encourage or support our invasion of Iraq.
post #18 of 18
Couloir = French for Chute
Same thing essentially, simply different langauges. Synonyms.

Telski, Merci! You have answered an old question. But, you won't see me going down a chuloir. I'm the long, steep groomers old fa....
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