Bell Couloir

The Bell Couloir is a classic but it’s not your typical couloir. It’s a wide north aspect slope with three pitches and a long descent. Often a good choice later in the season. It is glaciated so you’ll definitely want to be prepared with proper gear. If done on a clear day, you’ll have some great views of the Boom Lake area as well as Mt. Whymper.

Distance

19.1 km

Elevation

1320 m

Time

6-7 hrs

Aspect

N

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Park at the Taylor Lake Parking Area and follow the hiking trail up to Taylor Lake (roughly 6.5km). Head to the back of the lake where you’ll be presented with a short but sporty headwall. The route typically goes up the looker’s left side of the headwall. As you work your way up after the short headwall, the couloir will come into view. The slope steepens to 40-50 degrees so, at some point, switching over to bootpacking will be necessary. There is a large convexity at the top of the steepest pitch so be certain of snow stability before beginning. If summit bagging is your thing, it’s possible to scramble to the summit from here.

The descent is about 665m, split into three pitches. The second pitch is the steepest. After crossing the lake, you’ll find the ski out is much quicker than the ski up. It’s fast with some tight turns – be on the lookout for snowshoers!

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