Sublimation: A Journey to the Black Divide with Glen Plake

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The Northeast Couloir (sometimes erroneously called the East Couloir of Split Mountain is an obvious ski line, and rightfully a classic. Ironically, to this story, it was first skied by Mr. Glen Plake. This couloir is not continuous, in that there is a section that must be rappelled on the way down and usually involves ice climbing on ascent. The St. Jean couloir (first couloir looker's right) is arguably a superior line in that it can be skied continuously from the summit of the mountain in the right conditions, but the Northeast couloir defines the "Split" that gives the peak its name and I think it will always considered be the premiere line on the mountain.

The Northeast Couloir (sometimes erroneously called the East Couloir of Split Mountain is an obvious ski line, and rightfully a classic. Ironically, to this story, it was first skied by Mr. Glen Plake. This couloir is not continuous, in that there is a section that must be rappelled on the way down and usually involves ice climbing on ascent. The St. Jean couloir (first couloir looker’s right) is arguably a superior line in that it can be skied continuously from the summit of the mountain in the right conditions, but the Northeast couloir defines the “Split” that gives the peak its name and I think it will always considered be the premiere line on the mountain.

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