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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-06-2015, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Delirium Dive VS Corbet's Couloir

Hi all,

I would like to get your opinion on the Delirium Dive vs Corbet's Couloir.
Was at jackson hole last season; can't say I conquered it but definitely attempted. Wondering how the two are similar in difficulty / steepness / overall experience...

Videos and pics doesn't really do justice most of the time (as experienced with Corbet's), I would like to get first hand reviews from those who have snowboarded both.

So far, I see a price of $45 CAD for Avy gear + $600 for the full day in DD (given its open when I arrive early 2016.03; and without a partner to venture into DD hence the tour) ... it is rather pricey for me ... and edging towards cat ski pricing ... tbh if it is not really worth the money, i'd rather save the cash for cat/heli ski for the 16/17 season.

thx in advance!
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So far, I see a price of $45 CAD for Avy gear + $600 for the full day in DD (given its open when I arrive early 2016.03; and without a partner to venture into DD hence the tour) ... it is rather pricey for me ... and edging towards cat ski pricing ... tbh if it is not really worth the money, i'd rather save the cash for cat/heli ski for the 16/17 season.

thx in advance!
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Couple of things:

1) Avy gear can be rented for around $20 in Calgary, or in Canmore/Banff (probably for a couple extra bucks). Bring your own pack and you're set.

2) Don't waste $600 bucks for a guide or resort instructor to show you around. Entrance is free with a lift ticket, so if you have the skill to handle the terrain and decent social skills, stand at the gate and ask nicely if you can tag along with a group. You won't be standing there for more than 5 mins before you find some takers. Better yet, post on this forum when you plan on being there and I'm sure myself or someone else would show you around if we're gonna be there.

3) I've never seen corbet's in person, but that drop in looks super gnarly. The Dive has a bunch of entrances, some of which are steep drops between rocks (hence the name), but there is also a set of stairs that bypasses the rock entrances altogether. The top part has a 50 degree pitch, gradually mellowing out as you descend. The average pitch is apparently 40 degrees. It's tons of fun if you can handle the steeps. Pretty good bet that the Dive will be open in March. Wild West is a different animal altogether (not as steep, more technical, couloirs, etc) but also worth checking out if it opens this season (didn't open last season, lower elevation).

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Ya, Peyto is right. The Dive is massive and you can make it as gnarly or mellow as you'd like by line choice. Take the stairs, avoid "Dive Proper/Bre X" and ride any of the galaxy chutes at about 45 degrees, they open up quickly and lots of room to make big turns...or go Dive Proper and ride Starbucks at about 50-55 degrees and hit the small boulders all the way down to get some air time.

They get alot of blown in snow over the divide line, and days where there is 10cm can be more like 30cm in there. He is also right that if you post on the forum if you are coming, someone will show you the ropes. Ususally every day we go we are in the dive if its open. If you end up there, PM one of us or post and we can take you in
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I'd like to take you guys up on that offer. I live in Edmonton so I am down at Sunshine on occasion although I ride Marmot more often. I've been riding backcountry steeps for many years but have never tried DD. I have my own avy gear.

My last trip (April '15) was to Bella Coola where we did a lot of steep faces and couloirs over an entire week. I often do trips to Kickinghorse as well.
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I'd like to take you guys up on that offer. I live in Edmonton so I am down at Sunshine on occasion although I ride Marmot more often. I've been riding backcountry steeps for many years but have never tried DD. I have my own avy gear.

My last trip (April '15) was to Bella Coola where we did a lot of steep faces and couloirs over an entire week. I often do trips to Kickinghorse as well.
Sounds good. In that case, it seems like we can show you around Bre-X and Starbucks!

Another thing I forgot to mention - if you have a new board that you really like and don't want a core shot on, don't bring it it into the dive. The drop-in in particular but the whole area in general is quite rocky.
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Dive proper entrance is easy. But in low vis, bad conditions a fall could still send you over a cliff.

Bre-X entrance is steep, almost always shitty conditions at the very top because people ruin it.

The hike to the galaxy chutes can be sketchy, and you really need to know your drop in or you will get scraped over rocks.

Milky Way is usually good, open but does have some cliff hazards on lookers left. It has avalanched and tossed people over the cliffs before.

Never rode Corbetts, but it looks to have a clean run out .. Which imho makes it less worrying.
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Thanks all (Esp Peyto and Banjo)!
Great community... didn't expect replies in such a short period of time (kinda new to snowboarding forums)!

I will be @Banff from March 5 to the 13th; 5 days on the slopes. Depending on the weather, I will be either in LL or SV. Sadly missing out on KH and Revelstoke (timing and budget issue).

I will likely be signing up for lessons (as my GF will be accompanying me on this trip) so she would be more familiar with steeps / glades / powder riding - her skill level: intermediate for the west coast.

Would you suggest otherwise for her benefit? (Sadly, as a couple, it will be out of the question for her to take the lesson while i am off on my own... the only benefit is that i get -> line by-pass)

Definitely will PM either or both of you once I can finalize all the lessons arrangement. Looking forward to tag along for some DD time! 100% stoked!!!! Thx again guys!
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I'd be around to guide you through the dive too, but I'd probably want to do a few runs with you first, south side chutes & headwall - just to build you up. As they've said above, the gnar factor will vary depending on snow coverage and visibility - but it's usually a safe bet that in March, the dive will have the best conditions in sunshine. You;re really not far from Kicking horse though if you're staying in banff, the run a daily shuttle (1hr 45mins) and then you're in true steep country.
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Thx Loves2Splooge!

to be honest, i was planning on the following:
Day 1 SV/LL - Saturday
Day 2 SV/LL
Day 3 Rest
Day 4 SV/LL
Day 5 SV/LL
Day 6 Rest
Day 7 KH
Day 8 Revy
Day 9 - Return flight.

24km+ vert covered in 8 days, full-body aches, new friends, powder days to be remembered w/ nights that i can't recall, ...it would be a hell of a trip ... but i might be coming back alone (GF potentially leaving me or got lost in the back/slack country)

I guess KH / Revy would have to wait =P

Will definitely PM all of you and/or post up here!

Are there many active local SB instructors on this forum as well? Would it be advised to book lessons outside of the resort?
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I always hear about Delirium Dive being SUPER SCARY but it seems like everyone and their dog talk about how they hit it. One guy on here said how great it was and it was his first season? Not sure what the deal is, but it's either not that bad, or there are easy ways down, or everyone is a liar.
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