Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs…) but only the consequences of the skier falling.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.
Currently, Comma Chute is considered a permanently closed area at Snowbird but it has been open in the past and there are always rumors of it opening again.
It begins with a great open powder field skiers right of Gun Towers and above the Comma Chute cliff band.
Once you hit the rope line that is over the cliff band, traverse skiers left until the rope ends and find your entrance into the chute.
The entrances are all difficult and vary in steepness and technicality depending on the snowpack.
There is absolutely NO easy way into comma chute.
If you are up for the challenge of the entrance, you will be rewarded with steep and consistent powder through a perfectly sized chute.
Comma Chute can also be accessed from Alta through the Gun Tower gate.