Corbet’s Couloir (Jackson Hole, WY)
Probably the most famous run in North America, Corbet’s Couloir in Jackson Hole sets the standard that every iconic ski run is measured against. Named after Barry Corbet, a longtime member of the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and mountain guide who summited Mt. Everest, it was first skied in 1967 by fellow patrolman Lonnie Ball. Pro skier and Jackson Hole local Griffin Post once explained to CNN, “Corbet’s is one of the best measuring sticks for expert skiers in the world.”
Highly visible from the tram and demanding a minimum drop-in of 10 feet into the narrow entry chute, the first turn in Corbet’s is one of the hardest turns found in any resort. From there it gets easier, opening up to a beautiful 40-degree slope that is usually holding the best powder turns on the mountain. There are more extreme runs, like S&S Couloir next to Corbet’s, but none offer the same kind of glory. Ripping untracked powder turns under a tram full of witnesses after airing smoothly into Corbet’s defines iconic when it comes to skiing.
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