I happened to have my POV camera with me yesterday when I stumbled across the Holy Mole couloir, so I shot a little 10 minute “How I Ski Chutes” tutorial, or Chututorial. Don’t get your Oscar nominating hopes up – it is pretty crude, but it does illustrate the thought process that goes into skiing a couloir, especially one that you haven’t climbed up from the bottom.
As far as chutes and quality skiing go, it was a bit of a bust. For me, the real value of it was to test the frozen waters of Wasatch couloirs to see if they are in shape, which I don’t think they are. A big part of skiing couloirs is picking the right time to do them and it is often a balancing act between avalanche danger, good quality snow and good conditions. For now, powder skiing still rules the day. Sigh.
Category: 06 Downhill