Weekend Warm-Up: Biking Corbet’s Couloir

Adventure Films Skiing

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?

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash is a postdoctoral scientist, globally published outdoor writer and arctic traveller. Ash's next expedition is a 700km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in 2020.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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