Analysing terrain data
Expert hike-to terrain accessed from the top of the challenger and headwaters lifts.
Series of generally north facing chutes oriented E/W along the ridge.
Chutes are transected ~1/3 to 1/2 of the way down by a less-erosive rock formation known as “the buttress”, where the chutes typically become very narrow and navigation can become difficult.
Terrain here characterized by numerous unmarked hazards, extremely steep terrain, variable snow conditions, and large cliffs (and that’s just the hike!).
Know where you’re going! Hellroaring – well marked entrance.
Downclimb to the top of the chute to put skis on.
Enjoy open turns in the powder field at the top of the run before cutting hard right to the gut of the chute.
Straight shot down from there.
Patch of trees on right below the buttress offers a place to rest and watch partners.