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Skier Goes Solo Down Aemmer Couloir on Temple

Simply one of the most classic big ski lines in this part of Banff National Park

The Aemmer Couloir is roughly a 700-metre line off the north flank of Mount Temple in Banff National park. This line is an obvious classic for it’s aesthetic draw outside the Canadian town of Lake Louise. Truly, this is a great intro to ski mountaineering line that has some complexity, a large mountain next to it, but is a straightforward ascent and descent. Essentially you get the feeling you’re in the big mountains without having to deal with exposure and tricky route finding that typically comes with big mountains.

“I embarked on this journey due to the fear of imminent last descents among these lines,” said skier Michael Wirth. “I set out in January of 2022 to ski as many lines as possible in one season to discover what was possible from the logistic, technical and endurance capacities of myself.”

Aemmer Couloir is steep, committing and from bottom to top is a no-fall zone. Round trip is about 26 kilometres and 1,400 metres of total vertical elevation gain. This is a serious big mountain ski line left to veteran backcountry skiers.

2022 Aemmer Couloir

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