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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Corbet's Couloir opens at Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, Wyoming has officially opened Corbets Couloir for the winter season! The infamous run generates more ski and snowboard stories than any other run in the US.

“Corbet's is a run of many moods,” states Brian Maguire, Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School Director. “On a good day, an example being after a big powder dump, one can ski right into the chute, cut a quick left turn to avoid a rock wall, then ski out to the bottom. The light snow makes the ski in, or jump in if conditions warrant, easy for landing and turning. On a bad day, a day when even elite Jackson Hole skiers avoid Corbet's, one has to jump ten to fifteen feet and attempt that quick left turn. If the terrain is rock hard due to low snow or high winds, very few skiers can negotiate that turn. On these days, the ski patrol will close the trail deeming it too hazardous to ski.”

Corbet's degree of steepness is nearly vertical at the top, thus creating the need to jump into the couloir. The slope then “flattens” to 50 degrees. The overall average steepness is 40 degrees. The width of Corbet's is 40-50 feet within the chute, widening toward the bottom, the vertical drop of Corbet's is 500 feet. It is certainly worth putting on the skiing and snowboarding to do list!

Currently Jackson Hole has received almost 200 inches of snow this season and has a base depth of 65 inches.

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