Mount Dana

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Overview

Located in Yosemite National Park - Tuolumne Meadows, this is perhaps the most epic backcountry skiing mountain in the entire Sierra Nevada mountain range. At approximately 13,000 feet, this is a big mountain with big views on top. In one direction, you'll marvel at the beauty of Mono lake. In the other direction, the entire Sierra crest greets you with a smile. Another bonus is that you can climb/skin up the backside of this mountain on relatively moderate terrain. But the real reason why backcountry skiers go to Mt. Dana are the two epic descents - the Dana Couloir and the Solstice Couloir. Both of these descents are steep and continuous. The Dana is the more moderate, with sustained 40 degree skiing into Glacier Canyon. The Solstice is steep and almost always has a gnarly cornice guarding the 50 degree sloped entrance. Because these descents are so classic and the access is so easy, this is one of the most popular skiing descents in the mountain range. Early starts are a good idea for slower parties, and remember that the big cornices guarding these couloirs will blow out eventually. You do not want to be either on them or underneath them when this happens!

Also add to this page: Ellory bowl area, Dana Plateau area, Powerhouse area.