With some fantastic alpine runs and the best pillows in the area, Pulpit 4 is probably the best of the six. There isn’t much for tree skiing here so if that’s what you’re looking for, 1 and 5 may be your best bet.
Notables: Chutes, Alpine, Pillows
Park just past the drainage between Hector and Hector South. You should be directly west of Pulpit 4. Begin heading west, aiming for the area between 3 and 4. You will have to cross the river, but it is usually quite low and bridged. Eventually you’ll come to an avalanche path filled with 5-10 ft Christmas trees – head up the looker’s right side of this. There will be a slight bench – continue up to climb the shoulder of Pulpit 4. Along the way, it is possible to scope out the short chutes on the north face of Knob 4.
There are a few options from the ridge of Pulpit 4:
1. Ski the north facing chutes. These take you into the bowl towards Pulpit 3 at which point you could skin up 3 or wrap around the shoulder of 4 to get back on the skin track.
2. Ski the south facing alpine line. This is a moderately angled slope with sparse trees – not enough to act as an anchor for snow. You can ski right down the drainage between 4 and 5 or wrap around to ski the pillows.
3. Ski the east face. This is a mix of cliffs up high and fantastic pillows mid-way down. Be sure to spot your lines well.
Be certain of the snowpacks stability before committing to anything here. There’s big alpine terrain overhead that could definitely catch you off guard.