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50 Classic Ski Descents of North America

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Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America is an historical atlas of the finest ski descents in North America.[1] It was published by Capitol Peak Publishing in 2010 and is distributed by Wolverine Publishing today. The book was assembled by Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard, with significant contributions from Jimmy Chin, Pete Costain, Lou Dawson, Kristoffer Erickson, Lorne Glick, Greg Hill, Andrew McLean, Hilaree O'Neill, Eric Pehota, Glen Plake, Kevin Quinn, Chic Scott, Lowell Skoog, Ptor Spricenieks, Mark Synnott, and Jon Walsh.

The Ski Descents[edit]

The East[edit]

  • Polar Star Couloir, Mt. Beluga, Baffin Island
  • Tuckerman Ravine, Mt. Washington, NH
  • Huntington Ravine, Mt. Washington, NH


  • Landry Line, Pyramid Peak
  • North Maroon Peak, North Face
  • Cross Couloir, Mt. of the Holy Cross
  • Wilson Peak, Northeast Face
  • Silver Couloir, Buffalo Mountain


  • Mt. Superior, South Face
  • Hypodermic Needle, Thunder Ridge
  • Cold Fusion, Mt. Timpanogos
  • Mt. Tukuhnikivatz, La Sals


  • Ford-Stettner Couloir, Grand Teton
  • The Skillet, Mt. Moran
  • East Face Glacier Route, Middle Teton


  • The Sickle, Horstmann Peak, ID
  • Devil's Bedstead, North Face, ID
  • Castle Peak, South Face, ID
  • North Couloir, McGowan Peak, ID
  • Mt. Stimson, Southwest Face, MT
  • The Patriarch, Glacier Peak, MT


  • Mt. Whitney, Mountaineer's Route, CA
  • Stair Steps Couloir, Mt. Williamson, CA
  • Split Couloir, Split Mountain, CA
  • Bloody Couloir, Bloody Mountain, CA
  • Mt. Shasta, Avalanche Gulch, CA
  • Terminal Cancer Couloir, Ruby Mountains, NV

Pacific Northwest[edit]

  • Northwest Route, Mt. Shuksan, WA
  • Watson's Traverse, Mt. Baker, WA
  • Fuhrer Finger, Mt. Rainer, WA
  • Newton-Clark Headwall, Mt. Hood, OR
  • Eldorado Peak, Eldorado Glacier, WA

Canada Coast Mountains[edit]

  • Combatant Couloir, Mt. Combatant
  • Mt. Currie, Pencil & Central Couloirs
  • Joffre Peak, Northwest Face
  • Spearhead Traverse, Whistler

Columbia Mountains/Rockies[edit]

  • Mt. Robson/Yuh Hai Has Kun, North Face, BC
  • Aemmer Couloir, Mt. Temple, AB
  • Mt. Columbia, Southeast Face, AB
  • Skyladder, Mt. Andromeda, BC
  • Comstock Couloir, Mt. Dawson, BC
  • Seven Steps to Paradise, Youngs Peak, BC
  • Rogers/Swiss Peaks, Uber Tour, BC
  • Rogers Pass to Bugaboos Traverse, BC


  • University Peak, South Face
  • Mira Face, Mt. Saint Elias
  • Pontoon Peak, Southeast Ridge
  • The Sphinx, Southeast Ridge
  • The Ramp, Meteorite Mountain
  • Messner Couloir, Denali


  1. Dorworth, Dick (January 2011). "Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America". Skiing Heritage Journal.

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