Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 12:15pm
Despite dry conditions and recent warm weather, we elected to investigate Bloody Couloir, approaching from Laurel Lakes and booting the chute. Upward travel was difficult, featuring very hard wind slab on top of softer, consolidated snow. We climbed to 11,600, reaching the middle of the chute and sheltering under the first significant rock feature. We observed no rockfall while in the chute, no signs of recent slide activity, and no other tracks. However, small rocks and debris had been deposited in the chute from wind events and/or previous rockfall.
After digging the pit, we elected to transition and ski down, worried about firm, difficult skiing in the upper couloiur. The snow on the descent was stable and predictable, with terrain and protruding rock due to thin snowpack being the biggest hazards. We experienced no breakable crust, and several pockets of softer, wind drifted snow on top of the firm upper layer.