Peak:  Mt. Aetna (13er)
 Route:  Grand Couloir
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  eskermo
 Date of Info:  05/04/2019
 Date Posted:  05/05/2019
 Details

Probably 12 or so folks on this route yesterday. Continuous skinnable snow starts at 0.3 miles and is only interrupted by an avalanche debris field you'll need to step over ~1 mile from the trailhead. The ski is in from from not far from the summit. There was a pretty big avalanche a couple days prior (?) that ran almost half the length of the line, but there was decent snow on either side of the path to follow. There were some pretty big cornices on the ridgeline on climbers left. The snow on the top half sucked for skiing - we didn't want to wait for it to warm up. The bottom half was pretty great corn riding though. The road out is rideable but there's some serious poling involved. Thank you to whoever put the boot pack in up high prior to Saturday!


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