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Korohusk and Ram Valley (Ski, Hike, Backpack)

Ram Valley is a majestic, even magical place. It seems to float high above the Eagle River valley below. Peaks surrounding it--Raina, Pleasant, Cumulus, and Korohusk--rise higher still. Ram Valley is a vestige of another time, and is home to a glacier that never would have formed in the climate we now inhabit. Remarkably, that glacier has endured, thanks partially to a thick covering of moraine. For skiers, Ram Valley is a destination because of the steep couloirs on Korohusk.
Korohusk’s couloirs are mind-altering. Nearly two thousand feet long, they trail from the mountain top with winding, sinewy nonchalance. Not that they are relaxing: Each is 50 degrees for hundreds of vertical feet, and one couloir narrows to as few as eight or ten feet in width. It seems narrower still after sluff comes chundering down the chute and carves a V down the middle of it, making it even harder to turn down the narrow, rock-enclosed corridor. Given the steepness, it is comforting to have rocks on both…

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