Bushrat

Blackcomb

Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb

Steep but the most accessible of the lines along Chainsaw Ridge

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
398 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
215 m
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
42˚
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Description

Bushrat is a steep and fun line along Chainsaw Ridge and is usually the first one people dare to try. The whole ridge builds a cornice but Bushrat normally has enough traffic to make the entrance constantly visible. The entrance is a small gap that drops onto a spine. Once you've dropped in, make sure you stop, as it will either land you on top of Bushrat Shoulder or a cliff band, and you don't want to find out the wrong way! Bushrat is a diagonally left, fairly wide chute that leads down to Couloir Extreme. The snow usually stays pretty good even several days after a snowfall. Be careful of traverse lines and avalanche/cornice debris in the bowl, especially as it flattens out. Cutting left with the traverse lines under Bushrat and Bushwhip gives you access to Faller's Pillow.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Cliffs

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