Mackay, Idaho - You’ll never see Super Gully – located in Idaho’s Lost River Range – hawked in any tourist brochures. And you certainly won't find it on the map. But for a few hearty souls who love ski mountaineering, this couloir is pure heaven.
Super Gully is a storied place for crazy folks, and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Some have described it as a near vertical ski flume: narrow at the top and broadening out towards the bottom. Early spring provides the best conditions for enthusiasts because the winter snows have stabilized and warm sunny days are the rule.
To visit Super Gully, you have to get up really early and be prepared for a hard trek and a heavy load. First, you'll be packing in equipment like backcountry skis and boots, an ice axe, a helmet, crampons and avalanche transceivers.
Your reward will be a stunning view and a 2,500 foot ski run.
Photos by Peter Morrill, Terry Lee and Jay Krajic.