The Apocalypse Couloir

The Apocalypse Couloir

During the most recent Exum Mountain Guides/Alpine House Backcountry Ski Week, a few of us decided to take on the Apocalypse Couloir in Death Canyon. Armed with some great skiers, 2 ropes, an ice screw, a little rock gear and our ski guiding skills, the 5 of us were on our way. The day started off under beautiful blue skies. As we skinned our way to the top, the weather started to change and became more fitting to the name of our descent. Wind, cold temps, and some snow only added to the excitement.

The descent included rappelling, steep skiing, and even some skiing on belay. The Apocalypse Couloir is one of the most sought after ski descents in the Tetons. Words can’t describe it. Since we happened to have one of Jackson’s best photographers, David Stubbs along, we decided to simply present it with photos.

As you can see, this descent is for experienced skiers. Our guides however, can find an adventure for skiers of all abilities and we can help you work your way up to a descent like the Apocalypse Couloir.

Enjoy the photos!

At the Bottom of the Apocalypse Couloir  Photo: David Stubbs Crossing Phelps Lake  Photo: David Stubbs
The Rope Toss  Photo: David Stubbs
Alex on Rappel  Photo: David Stubbs Brenton rapping to the cave  Photo: David Stubbs
Time to get ready  Photo: David Stubbs Mike showing us how to do it  Photo: David Stubbs
The upper route  Photo: David Stubbs One turn at a time  Photo: David Stubbs
Alex on Belay  Photo: David Stubbs The upper crux  Photo: David Stubbs
Alex on Belay  Photo: David Stubbs
Drew - more turns  Photo: David Stubbs
Steep and Deep Finish  Photo: David Stubbs
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