The Minturn Couloir is one of those lines that that I have wanted to ski for the last 10 years. Some years it’s not that filled in, other years it slips the mind or conditions deteriorate quickly due to its low elevation. There are also a few other unique below tree line couloirs that fill in on good years in this area. I love below tree line couli’s!
The area received a good amount of snow from the storm on Saturday; even the Minturn Couloir got it!
We parked a car at the second switchback, right at the exit of our intended line. It was very cold for March, 6 Degrees. Driving further up the road we parked at our ascent point. We chose to ascend the next drainage up the road. There is a pipe line trail on top of this 10er that provided very nice low angle pow. The pipeline trail leads right to the top of the couloir. (This can be seen on a map, as the trail cuts skiers right the couloir entrance is in the woods if you continue straight ahead)
The skiing up top was great, a bit sloughy but powder conditions are always welcome. The run opens up a bit part way down before constricting to a series of ice falls
There is a nice tree anchor that we and others have used. My 70m had a little rope left but im not sure if a 60 would cut it. We chose to toss in a snow anchor for the second ice fall as there just wasent much to sling, allthough it could be hucked depending on conditions. the third icefall we skied around to the right on a little ledge traverse.
first ice fall around the bend
first and second ice falls