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Jackson Hole 2-27-10... Four Shadows Couloir

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Well, the forecast kind of LOOKED like we might have a little sunshine.  When we unloaded at the top of the tram, the sun was TRYING to peek out a little bit.  By the time we had hiked to the top of Four Shadows, it was a total GRAYbird day.  Flat, FLAT light but it was still a great run.

Here's what Cody Peak looks like from the top of the tram on a sunny day (which today was definitely not).  Four Shadows is outlined in red:


And another shot with a bit more of a close-up.  You can make out a skier midway down the left side (looking at the photo) of the couloir and another standing at the upper left corner:


So unlike those nice, sunny photos, it was really gray today with almost no contrast.  The snow was fairly dense in the less-skied areas and nice, firm and chalky in the spots in the couloir where people had made quite a few turns in the last few days.  Four Shadows is quite steep (just under 50 degrees) for the first several turns.  That makes it an exhilerating destination no matter what the conditions.  We hiked up the ridge toward Cody Peak and started skiing the couloir about an hour after leaving the top of the tram. 

In this photo, Dave is at the top of the entrance to the main part of the couloir poised to drop in:


And here he is lower down in the chute with a couple of boys who went before us checking him out:


Four Shadows is one of Jackson Hole's classic out-of-bounds tours.  It's steep enough to really get your attention but the consequences of a fall are relatively minor.  Just plain old fun stuff.

The light was so flat and gray that I didn't even bother with any photos lower down.

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Bob Peters taking off again....talking skiing, skiing and taking pictures and posting them up for all to enjoy.

The man is ambitious.

Beautiful picture of Cody Peak but, still don't match those heli pictures in Alaska.!!

Any idea what angle of slope that couloir is.?? THAT looks steep.!!!! It amazes me how you
"westerners" get right after that stuff.

Un-real.
 
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 Very nice!
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post

Any idea what angle of slope that couloir is.?? THAT looks steep.!!!! It amazes me how you
"westerners" get right after that stuff.

"Four Shadows is quite steep (just under 50 degrees) for the first several turns...

It's steep enough to really get your attention but the consequences of a fall are relatively minor."
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 Thanks for sharin'!
'Some day I'll have you share that fun stuff first hand, eh?
post #6 of 9
 Yep that looks pretty darn steep.
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I thought that was 'No Shadows' and the line to skier's left of it was 'Four Shadows' ?

Thinking about it, it would make more sense that 'No Shadows' would be to skier's left where more sun hits...
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 Thanks for sharin'!
'Some day I'll have you share that fun stuff first hand, eh?

Talk is cheap, trekkie.  Just start planning your trip for next year.


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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

I thought that was 'No Shadows' and the line to skier's left of it was 'Four Shadows' ?

Thinking about it, it would make more sense that 'No Shadows' would be to skier's left where more sun hits
...

 

Yeah. The name comes from the shadows from the rock pillars on the looker's-left, skier's right of the couloir.  No Shadows, on the other hand, faces more directly into the sun and doesn't have the high walls, so it seldom has any shadows at all on it.

I've looked around all my old photos and can't seem to find one that shows the shadows.  This little movie segment shows the shadows very well, however.  Four Shadows is the one with the two hikers at the top right at the very beginning of the video:


Edited by Bob Peters - 3/1/10 at 4:15pm
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How have the conditions been the last week and how do they look for the upcoming week?  I'm heading to Jackson tomorrow for four days of skiing.  Wondering what areas on the mountain may be the best to check out if there isn't any fresh snow and what would be best if there is some?  I read the big Jackson Hole mountain guide a while back too.
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