Ruby’s Pearl Couloir

Ruby Peak. Ruby's Pearl is the obvious couloir in the center

Ruby Peak. Ruby’s Pearl is the obvious couloir in the center

I saw this couloir last year while skiing a couple of the other north face chutes. Shortly after that I realized you can’t miss it from highway 82 coming into Enterprise. Finally got around to heading up Ruby again today.

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The forecast called for sun, but after waking up to gloomy skies I milled around for an hour trying to figure out if the weather would clear or I’d be better off doing some other projects. I decided to trust the weatherman and headed out.

The approach. There's a couloir in those clouds somewhere

The approach. There’s a couloir in those clouds somewhere

The clouds were in and out all morning, mostly in. I made good time up the chute and moseyed over to the summit, hoping the clouds would clear. I spent an hour and a half on the summit, decided enough was enough and headed back to the chute. By that time the clouds finally cleared and I was fortunate enough to have a sunny descent.

Three quarters of the way down. Snow was excellent

Three quarters of the way down. Snow was excellent

One last look at the line

One last look at the line

 

 

 

 

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