Props to Derek for having the cahones to drop into Central Couloir while it is still a pretty large, mandatory, double-drop air at the bottom. Unfortunately, it appears his alpine setup couldn’t stay on his feet and his ski popped off just as he went for it. Glad he didn’t get hurt.
I’ve only skied Central Couloir once and I waited for it to be very filled in, and when I was guaranteed to have first tracks (March 22, 2006). BUT…I also skied it using old-school (2004-ish?) foam-cored Black Diamond Havocs, 3-buckle Scarpa Matrix AT boots and lightweight Dynafit TLT Speed bindings. I’d say it was the complete opposite from Derek’s experience…besides getting first tracks.