(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.
A closer look.
Finally, the stars aligned for a Pacific ski with my friend Zach. We approached from the east, via the Spruce Creek trailhead. Zach skinning.
Lots of signs of mining in the area.
The Mohawk Lake basin is a serene scene!
The Hawaii Couloirs off the east ridge, with Pacific Peak behind.
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.
Me on the top.
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.
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!
Me dropping into the consolation prize 🙂
The couloir was pretty fun! And then out the basin we went. What a vast scene!
On the way out, we stopped by the Continental Cabin.
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!