Virginia Slims is the fun dogleg chute next to the more popular Old Growth chute in the lower reaches of Cardiff Fork.


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The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) 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.

High Exposure (E3)In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


To approach Virginia Slims park at the Cardiff Fork trailhead halfway up Big Cottownwood Canyon on the S side of the road.

Follow the trail and road grade up the canyon.

There is a popular trail to Doughnut Falls that branches left, but stay to the right and continue up the valley.

You'll cross some open avalanche paths and then duck back into the trees.

After this you'll come to a large mine tailing with a creek running past it.

Cross the creek and follow the trail a short bit then break off to your left (E) and into the trees.

You may have to do a little zigging and zagging to get a visual on the chute, but head up towards the cliff wall and it will reveal itself off the Reed and Benson Ridge.

Boot up the chute and then enjoy the turns right back down.

Virginia Slims starts off with a potentially brushy entry, but don't be afraid to persevere and drop in, the goods are lower down.

Stay to your left and wrap around some huge trees then cut quickly back to you right and you'll see the chute itself.

Drop in and enjoy the short, but playful steeps.

Make sure to cut left on the exit ramp that drops you right near the exit to Old Growth Chute.

You might as well hike up and ski it as well since you're in the neighborhood.