Y Couloir and Vicinity

Sandy, Utah

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The Y and Y-Not are classic roadside couloirs. The Y is popular, but has flushed many folks. Choose a cool, dry day and watch for other parties. Y-Not is technical, given the 80-foot cliff. Coalpit IV is also a good chute to climb up, and several others down-canyon occasionally fill in enough to ski. The Y Couloir and its evil twin, the Y-Not, are best climbed from the bottom when snow has settled for a number of days and temperatures are cool. Start early and be done by midday. Do not proceed up the Y when slus ff are coming down, either naturally or from parties above. Park at the Lisa Falls pullout, ski 300 feet down a now closed road, cross the Old Mill Trail, and cross Little Cottonwood Creek. Crossing is usually trivial in winter but can be gnarly in late spring—another reason not to visit the Y then!
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by Tyson Bradley (Falcon Guides)

The Y and Y-Not are classic roadside couloirs. The Y is popular, but has flushed many folks. Choose a cool, dry day and watch for other parties. Y-Not is technical, given the 80-foot cliff. Coalpit IV is also a good chute to climb up, and several others down-canyon occasionally fill in enough to ski.

The Y Couloir and its evil twin, the Y-Not, are best climbed from the bottom when snow has settled for a number of days and temperatures are cool. Start early and be done by midday. Do not proceed up the Y when slus ff are coming down, either naturally or from parties above. Park at the Lisa Falls pullout, ski 300 feet down a now closed road, cross the Old Mill Trail, and cross Little Cottonwood Creek. Crossing is usually trivial in winter but can be gnarly in late spring—another reason not to visit the Y then!

© 2015 Tyson Bradley/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Sandy
Distance: 3000 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 5,900 feet
Top Elevation: 9,200 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, (801) 943-1794 Utah Avalanche Center, (888) 999-4019, ext. 1; Dawn Patrol, ext. 8 Utah Mountain Adventures (ski guiding and avalanche education), (801) 550-3986 Wasatch Powderbird Guides, (801) 742-2800
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Dromedary, Draper; Alpentech Wasatch Touring Map 2; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Y Couloir and Vicinity

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