TR: North Araphahoe – Northstar Couloir (28 May 2016)

(Last Updated On: June 20, 2016)

After skiing Skywalker Couloir on South Arapahoe Peak, we sat out a day to let some adverse weather pass. The forecast looked a bit more promising for Saturday, and we decided to return to the Indian Peaks to check out the Northstar Couloir on North Araphahoe Peak.

Our ascent route was very similar to that of South Arapahoe at first. But we continued onward and went over a pass. The weather was not looking all that promising as we neared the top of the pass.
Climbing pass to North Arapahoe

We were happy when the fog began to break at the top of the pass.
View from Pass between North and South Arapahoe in the Indian Peaks, Colorado.

We then skied down from the pass.
Frank skiing on the pass between north and south arapahoe peaks.

And eventually we found ourselves right under the Northstar Couloir. It’s a lot longer than it looks in these pictures – almost 2000 vertical feet.
Skiing Northstar Couloir on North Araphahoe Peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Skiing Northstar Couloir on North Araphahoe Peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

The weather the day before had left some beautiful rime ice on the rocks.
Climbing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak.

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Brittany Konsella climbing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak

Rounding out the top of the couloir.

At the end of the couloir, we were able to follow snow all the way to the summit.
Frank Konsella climbing North Arapahoe Peak.

Brittany Konsella climbing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak.

Nearing the summit.
Climbing North Arapahoe Peak.

While on the summit, Frank conducted some important real estate business.
Frank Konsella, real estate agent.

Me on the otherhand, well I admired the views of the Indian Peaks. Like this one, of Apache and Navajo.
Apache and Navajo seen from the summit of North Arapahoe Peak.

A closer view of Mount Toll and Mount Audubon in the distance.
Mount Audubon in the distance.

It was sunny for the moment, but very dark clouds had engulfed Winter Park to our west and were headed our way. So, it was time to ski. Frank, skiing off the summit.
Frank Konsella skiing North Arapahoe Peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Frank Konsella skiing North Arapahoe Peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Frank Konsella skiing North Arapahoe Peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

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Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing on North Arapahoe Peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

The couloir had some prime skiing. Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for better conditions on the upper 2/3 of the couloir.
Frank Konsella backcountry skiing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak.

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Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak.

Brittany Konsella backcountry skiing Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak.

After descending the couloir, we reascended the pass, reaching it just as the clouds were moving up the valley. We descended back to the trailhead in graupel, only to have sunny skies back at the car. Such is skiing in spring!

Northstar Couloir on North Arapahoe Peak is a fantastic ski line that I think gets missed a lot. But, this one should be on your radar. It’s a fun route!

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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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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