June Skiing TR: White Widow Couloir

(Last Updated On: June 18, 2014)

Nestled on White Rock’s western ridge, between the actual summit of White Rock and the Spider Face, sits a line that has become known as the White Widow. Some people have transformed this somehow to become the “Widow Maker”, but the name is intended to combine the name of the peak where it lies (White Rock) and the face that is adjacent to it (Spider Face). Hence, the name White Widow Couloir was born.
White Widow couloir near Crested Butte, CO

The White Widow Couloir has been a line that has been on my wish list for many years. But, skiing it in June is admittedly late. I didn’t know if the line would actually go through the choke. But, Jen and Ben decided they wanted to try for it anyways. So, we headed out Copper Creek once again in the morning light. White Widow seen on the right in the distance.
Copper Creek hike

I call this area Mini-Queen Basin, because it is adjacent to the true Queen Basin, but smaller. It’s still holding snow quite well!
mini Queen Basin

Jen skinning toward the apron of the White Widow Couloir.
Jen skinning

Eventually, we dropped our skins and grabbed for the crampons to begin our ascent of the White Widow. Ben climbing.
Ben McShan climbing

Me.
Brittany Konsella climbing White Widow Couloir

As we approached the choke, things began to look a bit dismal. The choke didn’t really go. It wasn’t wide enough to ski – it had melted out too much at that point. Sure, there was th option to downclimb it. But, the snow was very firm since it had transitioned to a summer snowpack. We would have had to switch from skis to crampons mid-run in a fairly precarious spot. We decided that the rest of the line would be better skied at another time, and decided to descend.

Ben at the choke.
Ben McShan at the choke of White Widow Couloir

Our descent was pretty fun though. We milked all the good skiing we possibly could. Jen.
Jenny Veilleux skiing White Widow Couloir

Jenny Veilleux skiing White Widow Couloir

Ben.
Ben McShan skiing White Widow Couloir

Ben McShan skiing White Widow Couloir

Ben McShan skiing White Widow Couloir

Jen.
Jenny Veilleux skiing White Widow Couloir

Ben.
Ben McShan skiing White Widow Couloir

Ben McShan skiing White Widow Couloir

Ben making turns through the apron below the White Widow.
Ben McShan skiing White Widow Couloir

Despite having to turn around short of our goal, it still was a great ski day. But, the White Widow still remains on my Wish List 🙂

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Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

5 thoughts on “June Skiing TR: White Widow Couloir

  • June 19, 2014 at 10:35 am
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    Wow – you persistence is inspiring. And it looks like you have your new fristchi’s mounted on your BD skis. Are you liking that set up?

  • June 19, 2014 at 8:21 pm
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    Guess one a couple of our names were ok

  • June 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm
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    Yeah a lot of your names are great, Pete. But there may be a few too many “secret chutes” and “steep faces” ;).

    Note to our readers: the name White Widow evolved from the cleverness of our friends Pete Sowar and John Jasper. They also named the “Spider Face”.

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