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Corbet's Couloir

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

H4WJ+9J, Teton Village, WY 83025, USA

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Visit Corbet's Couloir early in the morning when the weather is clear for the best snow conditions and shorter wait times for the tram. And remember, locals say the key to a successful drop-in is to watch a few others take the leap first to understand the day's conditions."

What is Corbet's Couloir?

Corbet's Couloir is an iconic expert ski run located at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming, USA. Known for its challenging entry, which requires a significant drop into the couloir itself, it's a run that's high on the bucket list of many skilled skiers and snowboarders worldwide. The couloir is named after Barry Corbet, a mountaineer who first eyed this narrow chute as a potential ski run. It’s not just the steep slope that challenges the adventurers, but the variable conditions - from powder to ice to moguls - that can occur within this legendary chute.

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History of Corbet's Couloir

The history of Corbet's Couloir is as steep as the run itself. When Barry Corbet saw the notch on the mountain in 1960, he famously said, "Someday someone will ski that." It took until 1967 for that to become a reality. Since then, the couloir has taken on near-mythical status among the ski community. It's seen as a rite of passage for expert skiers, a challenge that's as much about mental preparation as it is technical skill. Over the decades, it's been the site of countless triumphs and humbling experiences, shaping its storied reputation.

Why is Corbet's Couloir Important?

Corbet's Couloir’s importance lies in its emblematic representation of extreme skiing. Its reputation has grown to symbolize the pinnacle of in-bounds, extreme terrain at a ski resort. Skiers and snowboarders from around the world test their mettle against it because it demands respect and a high level of skill. Additionally, it's a central feature of the annual Kings & Queens of Corbet's competition, where athletes pull off incredible stunts in the couloir. The chute itself has helped to elevate Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to legendary status among ski destinations.

Things to Do & See at Corbet's Couloir

While Corbet's Couloir is specifically for expert skiers and borders, there's plenty to do in the area even if you're not ready to take the plunge. You can ride the Jackson Hole tram up to Rendezvous Mountain to get a great view of the couloir from above. Thrill-seekers put their skills to the test navigating its ~10-foot mandatory drop (which can be larger depending on snow conditions) and the steep 40-degree slope. Photographers and spectators can watch seasoned pros carve through the powder, and with the local events, there’s often high-energy excitement in the air.

The experience of Corbet's goes beyond just skiing or riding. It has also become a spot for self-reflection and camaraderie, as those who attempt it share stories, tips, and often a little commiseration. Every turn and jump at Corbet’s is a narrative in itself, written by the brave souls who’ve dared to drop in.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Corbet’s Couloir?

Corbet's Couloir is a famous ski run located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, known for its challenging and steep entry which requires a significant drop to enter the narrow chute.

Where is Corbet's Couloir located?

Corbet's Couloir is located at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, specifically on the Rendezvous Mountain in Teton Village, Wyoming.

How difficult is skiing Corbet's Couloir?

Skiing Corbet's Couloir is considered extremely difficult and is recommended only for expert skiers due to its steep pitch, narrow chute, and the large drop at the entrance.

Is Corbet's Couloir open to the public?

Yes, Corbet's Couloir is open to the public, but skiers should assess their own abilities and consider the current conditions before attempting this run.

What is the best time of year to ski Corbet's Couloir?

The best time to ski Corbet's Couloir is typically in the mid to late winter when the snow conditions are most favorable for handling its steep and challenging terrain.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

H4WJ+9J, Teton Village, WY 83025, USA

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

Find it on google maps