TR: Pacific Peak Ski (6 May 2016)

(Last Updated On: May 25, 2016)

The north couloir on Pacific is a classic line. But, it’s often difficult to get into condition. Ten years ago, I skied it mid-May with my friend Dave Bourassa and I’ve been itching to get back in recent years.

The north couloir of Pacific on the right, seen from Crystal Peak.
Pacific Peak seen from Crystal Peak

A closer look.
Pacific Peak seen from Crystal Peak.

Finally, the stars aligned for a Pacific ski with my friend Zach. We approached from the east, via the Spruce Creek trailhead. Zach skinning.
Zach Taylor backcountry splitboarding on Pacific Peak.

Lots of signs of mining in the area.
Mining ruins near Mohawk Basin.

The Mohawk Lake basin is a serene scene!
Mohawk Basin with Pacific Peak.

The Hawaii Couloirs off the east ridge, with Pacific Peak behind.
Hawaii Couloirs and Pacific Peak.

We did not climb the north couloir direct. Instead, we opted to ascend some north-facing slopes east of the peak. Clouds started moving in as we approached the summit, but that didn’t deter us. Zach approaching the summit with Atlantic behind.
Zach Taylor backcountry splitboarding on Pacific Peak.

Me on the top.
Brittany Konsella on the summit of Pacific Peak.

But, when we dropped down to take a look at the entrance of the north couloir, we saw it was blown out. It seemed like a north wind had blasted the snow right out of it, despite recent sticky spring storms.
Entrance of north Couloir on Pacific Peak.

But, we still had a consolation prize – another north-facing couloir that dropped of the ridge east of the summit. I’m not sure of the name of this couloir. If anyone knows of a name, please pass it on!
Another north couloir on Pacific Peak.

Me dropping into the consolation prize 🙂
Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing Pacific Peak.

Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing Pacific Peak.

Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing Pacific Peak.

Zach.
Zach Taylor backcountry splitboarding Pacific Peak.

Zach Taylor backcountry splitboarding Pacific Peak

Me again.
Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing Pacific Peak.

Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing Pacific Peak.

Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing Pacific Peak.

Brittany Walker Konsella backcountry skiing Pacific Peak.

The couloir was pretty fun! And then out the basin we went. What a vast scene!
Leaving Mohawk Basin.

On the way out, we stopped by the Continental Cabin.
Continental Cabin near Spruce Creek Road

When you’re line doesn’t work, it’s always good to have backup options. Thankfully, Pacific Peak has no shortage of options. But, I still need to get back and ski that north couloir again some day!

Brittany Walker Konsella

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!

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Pacific Peak Ski
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Pacific Peak is a mountain full of skiing options, but the best lines are on the north side! Read the report to find out more!
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Brittany Walker Konsella

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!

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