The most popular Berthoud Pass alpine line

Statistics

Analysing terrain data

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177

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Exposure

Exposure

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.

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Description

This wide chute from the false summit of Mt Russell is the most popular alpine line at Berthoud Pass.

It it fairly straight forward with a decent pitch and long runout.

The wind can often load or strip snow in this area, so be aware of what the recent weather has been like both for avalanche concerns and snow quality.

It is not uncommon for one side of the chute to have deep wind loaded snow while the other side is thin and firm.