That was the only one that comes to mind. Yeah it is important the vertical is sustained, which is why I think vertical is often overstated.
I have seen your great shots of Snowbasin for a while on here. Last winter I skied there one day and it was a storm day so none of the upper stuff was open. Fun skiing and a local graciously showed me around, but I had wanted to hike up for some of those chutes. Hopefully I will be back.
Yes, you'll need to get back! Lot's of great chutes both inbounds & just outside. Some are easy access, others are not. The stars need to really line-up to get some of the best. Always weighing risk & reward .
I'm theory, it shouldn't matter if a couloir is 15 turns or 100. In practice, it does.
A long couloir is a lot scarier than a short one. I heard someone stay once" to me it doesn't matter how long a couloir is, it's all the same".
All he meant is, I've never been on top of a steep, long, committing line.
But for the purpose of the original question, once you have at least 1000 vertical feet, the turns are the same, ie speed control is important.
Couldn't agree more! We spout a lot of theory in these threads but in real world practice you do what works in the moment. Best not to get stuck in one school of thought but be open to all the possibilities. Some will teach us what works, others what doesn't. Experimentation, sharing, practice & experience are the best teachers .
Just realizing that I posted in this thread 6 yrs ago. Interesting that the mountains don't change but our experiences & perspective do.
Photography props go to Chris Morgan @Twosherpas.com for the first 3 photos. The last one "looking back up" is my own.
Here is another one of Chris's looking down Mt. Ogden Chute from over my shoulder...
And a screenshot from the same day coming onto the flank...