Guided Mt Langley Ski Descent
Via the Northeast Couloir
2 Days or 3 Days / Cost: Custom Pricing
As the Southernmost fourteener, a guided Mt Langley ski descent is a rare thing for most backcountry skiers. It's often an afterthought for California skiers and the approach weeds out fair-weather backcountry skiers right off the bat. While Langley is considered one of the easiest 14ers in the summertime, the Winter brings a whole different story. A ski descent of the NE Couloir is hard earned and provides a lifetime of reward.
The guided Mt. Langley ski descent starts from the desert floor of the Owens Valley outside of Lone Pine, Ca. In all but the coldest and wettest years, the approach begins in hiking boots as there is some hiking and adventure to be had before we reach the snow. From the snow, we work ourselves up Tuttle Creek and on the lower flanks of the mountain where we camp for one evening.
Day two of a Langley Ski Descent finds up climbing the Northeast Couloir to top out on the summit at 14,026ft. After high fives and celebrations, then it's right back down the NE Couloir. The top of the Couloir often involves some cornice management and skiing almost up to 50 degrees. Then a well-shaded descent back to the trailhead for nearly 7,000 feet of Ski Descent!
Prerequisites: Candidates for this trip should be in excellent physical shape and be capable of skiing or snowboarding up to 45° slopes.
Departure: Lone Pine, California,
Best Airport: Reno, Nevada/Las Vegas, Nevada
Group Size: 4-6 Clients
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:3
Prerequisites: Clients for this ski adventure should be in excellent physical shape and be capable of skiing or snowboarding up to 45° slopes.
Experience Level: Advanced to Expert Skier, Snowboarders