Terminal Cancer Coulior

Ruby Mountains Area, Nevada

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  • The Ruby Mountain sky line.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Roadside parking near the couloir.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • The couloir seen from the road.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Navigating a skin track into the thick aspens at the base of the line.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • The western view of Lamoille Canyon on a very steep skin track.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • The eastern view of Lamoille Canyon.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Taking in the view while waiting for another party to exit the couloir.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Terminal Cancer Couloir.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Aproching the base of the couloir.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • A skier enjoying a verry full descent on Terminal Cancer Couloir.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Boot packing up the couloir.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Crampons are recomended for the climb up.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Digging hand pits to test for instabilities in the snow pack.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Terminal Cancer Couloir.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Steep turns with Lomille Canyon in the backround.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • On a big snow year the east wall gets burried.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Midway down the couloir.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Descending the Terminal Cancer Couloir.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Some avalanche terrain exists outside the couloir's midpoint.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Enjoying the tight turns of the last pitch.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Exiting the couloir.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • The apron of the couloir offers great turns.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
  • Mount Gilbert seen from Lamoille Canyon Road.- Terminal Cancer Coulior
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Named one of North America's top 50 ski descents. Easy access.
Cons: 
Gets tracked out easily. Mitigating avalanche terrain.
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Region:
Ruby Mountains Area, NV
Max slope angle: 
15-30 degrees
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,400.00 ft (2,255.52 m)
Vertical descent: 
1,800.00 ft (548.64 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Terminal Cancer Couloir is a bucket list line for many backcountry riders for a good reason. Tucked into the deeply glaciated Lamoille Canyon, the mere sight of Terminal Cancer Couloir beckons one to climb and ride it. The Ruby Mountains are Nevada's wettest mountain range, and good snow can almost always be found above 8,000 feet during the winter months.

The approach is straightforward: Simply ski or drive, depending on the snow pack, up Lamoille Canyon road until you see the couloir on the south side of the road. Find a safe place to cross the creek and skin up through thick aspen trees and continue up slope until the couloir comes into view. Skin to the base of the couloir, at which point you can either boot pack or skin depending on preference and conditions.

The couloir ranges from 25 to 40 degrees. Most of the couloir is pretty narrow, which makes for some exciting turns down. About half way down the line the couloir opens up and allows for more playful turns up on the banks of the walls. The end of the couloir opens up into a gully that leads straight back down to the creek.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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