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corbet's couloir

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Anyone have any cool video of people skiing/dropping in to Corbet's?
post #2 of 15
You could buy a copy of "Someday, somebody will ski that." from
http://www.corbetscouloir.com/

The highlight reel of my S&D camp has some nice video of "normal" skiers dropping in (3 or 4 of the better groups, not including mine, did it) but I don't think I'm free to redistribute it. Sorry.

Edit - the trailer at that website isn't half bad.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
That was awesome! Thanks!
post #4 of 15
Speaking of Corbet's, check out the current front page
photo at http://www.jacksonhole.com/

Seems to be some sort of uphill race, involving a ladder up the couloir.

Edit -
Theres also a link to Corbets video on Forbes,
http://www.forbes.com/video/?video=f...e/ms_ski012507

which is pretty good.
post #5 of 15
Looks like a randonnee rally. Quite a climb!
post #6 of 15
I've seen few home made videos of people skiing corbet's on YouTube in the past.
just type in corbet's couloir
post #7 of 15
LOL I thought this guy was gonna do a wedge down corbet's:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=8sGihPTZQq0
post #8 of 15
I loved it!!!
It really looked like he is gonna give up but then probably no one would post it on YouTube.
I admire anyone who did it, it is sooooo scary.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by saq View Post
LOL I thought this guy was gonna do a wedge down corbet's:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=8sGihPTZQq0

WOW. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that teetering on the very edge like that would make it so much scarier?
post #10 of 15
I swear his boots were over the edge 4 times!! And it didn't appear that he had any friends around. Wow. All guts!!
post #11 of 15
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uvF29_DM2o

My friend - Mautz taken Superbowl weekend.
I am standing on the top at the beginning of the video. I dropped in the day before in more favorable conditions - like a wheelchair ramp. Best snow on the mountain after a few weeks of high pressure. No video, however.
post #12 of 15
Looked like the best approach so far - just head right in there while you have the courage . This one it seemed like the guy lost it and started sliding
post #13 of 15
On "this one" seems to me that guy was the most deliberate on his entry. Two differernt eyes see two different things.

So what I am seeing is....about a 10-15 foot vertical drop to about a 60 degree slope heading down to about 50 degrees in say---300 feet?

Deaths? Serious Injuries? How many Ski Patrol rescues per day/week/month/season....if anyone knows.


Snow looked sweet.
post #14 of 15
Once your skis hit the snow it's only about 40 degrees. It's the entrance that's scarey. Rick Armstrong's line off the left wall is unsane. The guy teetering for two minutes before dropping in is pretty wacky as well. I would have walked away after 20 seconds.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by GregGaspar View Post
On "this one" seems to me that guy was the most deliberate on his entry. Two differernt eyes see two different things.

So what I am seeing is....about a 10-15 foot vertical drop to about a 60 degree slope heading down to about 50 degrees in say---300 feet?
Disclaimer - I've never done Corbets, so this is secondhand info. But I've talked to several people who have skied it. And I've seen video taken from a different vantage point where you can see the whole wall. I've peeked in. And I've obsessed about it a fair amount. I may do it someday. I may not.

If you watch the end of "this one" video you see that he did not make the second turn. Just after he becomes visible again at the bottom he either hits the wall or falls trying not to, loses at least one ski, and starts sliding.

The tricky part is not the drop itself (not that that is easy) but the mandatory turns. From the usual entry point, you enter facing the big rock column (near where the camera man is), so you have to turn on the way down the face. This means that at the bottom you are going towards the wall on the side of the couloir, so you have to turn. To complicate matters, you are going fast and all the skiers turning on the wall have pushed up a ridge of snow, so you are in a trough.

As Jer noted, the floor of the couloir is "only" 40 degrees or thereabouts. In fact, that is why the trough forms. Its steep enough that fallen skiers slide, but not steep enough to be difficult if you are still on your feet.

Fortunately that's a pretty safe slide. The rest of the Couloir is straight and fairly wide, and it ends in a reasonably wide flat area. There is one big rock in the mouth, but in good snow years I think it is covered. If you are ok by the time you start to slide, I'd guess you are probably ok.

The most common failure modes appear to be 1. making the second turn to avoid the wall too abruptly and falling there, or 2. crumpling at the point of maximum compression in the trough. This is based on watching a relatively small number of falls on video, so YMMV. I suspect that actually hitting the wall is fairly rare.

Someone (I think Bob) posted a photo with dotted lines illustrating these points awhile ago.

My two favorite Corbet's quotes:
"After the first three seconds, it's really pretty ordinary."

"Skiing Corbet's isn't hard. It's the hike back up to get your gear that's hard."

It is possible to enter further to the skiers right, go in straight, and bypass all the complications, but thats a much bigger drop. For big air specialist, it might actually be easier than the standard entrance.
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