Mount Niflheim SW Couloir in Canada skied by Christina Lustenberger, Andrew McNab
On 8 March 2023 Christina Lusti Lustenberger and Andrew McNab made what is likely to be the first ski descent of the striking SW Couloir of Mount Niflheim in British Colombia, Canada.
Christina Lustenberger and Andrew McNab have made what is believed to be the first ascent and first ski descent of the striking couloir that neatly splits Mount Niflheim, a stunning 2857m peak in the Monashee Mountains range of Canada's British Colombia.
The pair ascended a line through the lower exposure before climbing over the upper chock stone to reach the obvious notch at around 11:15am. After resting briefly they dropped in right as the sun was entering the beautiful walled-in couloir that they had just ascended. Two distinct cruxes were breached via two short rappells, while all the rest was skied, past slopes up to 45° steep. Lustenberger's posts tend to be concise and to the point, and her description of their recent run is no exception: "Niflheim. Where the bad people go."
The former World Cup alpine skier and McNab have scored various big first ski descents together, notably the Gold Card Couloir between Mount Burnham and Mount Grady in the same mountain rage in 2021 with Brette Harrington. In 2022 Lustenberger and Harrington made headline news for their first ski descent of the jaw-dropping Polar Moon on Baffin Island, skied top down and with no prior knowledge of conditions.