(Last Updated On: March 17, 2015)
Last year, after the ski area closed, we were lucky enough to ski Terminator 3 chute (aka the canyon run) down the center of the West face of Crested Butte thanks to heavy snowfall after the ski area closed. This season, thanks to a good snow year and a relatively cool March, the west side was once again in good shape. The ski area closed on Sunday, Monday was employee day, so Tuesday morning was the day. Terminator 4 is the more defined couloir to the looker’s right of Terminator 3:
I had tried to ski the Terminator 4 couloir on two other occasions- one time climbing about halfway up, and the other time climbing through the crux only to find slabby snow sitting on facets (on a low danger all aspects and elevations day, by the way). What we learned last year was that the easiest way to ski the west side is to catch it after the ski area shuts down, leading to a nice, easy ascent.
We had to search to find a reasonable entrance a little ways down the ridge. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked.
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