Weekend Warm-Up: Biking Corbet’s Couloir

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A legendary ski run that’s many consider to be America’s best, Corbet’s Couloir draws wannabes from around the world to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to stand at its nearly vertical entrance and screw up the courage to drop.

If you can stomach the initial two-storey drop, and control the wild first few turns, the slope flattens to a mere 50 degrees of clean powder that has collected in the sheltered, rarely skied chute.

Initially spotted by mountain guide Barry Corbet, ski patroller Lonnie Ball first skied the line in 1967. Since then, it’s become a proving ground for expert freeriders.

Cut to spring 2017, when pro mountain bikers Casey Brown and Cam McCaul ramped the challenge up several notches by dropping into into the couloir on two wheels. Sounds mad? Well, it is.

Did I mention they also threw a chasing skier into the mix?

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Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK. He juggles a day job as a public health scientist with a second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, international magazines, and on various websites. Major bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Porsche, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

He holds two degrees in Exercise and Health Sciences, and a PhD in Public Health.

His areas of expertise are polar expeditions, mountaineering, hiking, and adventure travel. In his spare time Ash enjoys going on small independent sledding expeditions, outdoor photography, and reading adventure literature.

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