Weekend Warm-Up: Biking Corbet’s Couloir

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?

Ash Routen is a Writer for ExplorersWeb. He has been writing about Arctic travel, Mountaineering, Science, Camping, Hiking, Outdoor Gear for 5 years. As well as ExplorersWeb, he has written for Red Bull, Outside, The Guardian and many other outlets. Based in Leicester, UK, Routen is an avid hiker, camper, and arctic traveller who writes about the outdoors around a full time job as an academic.

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