Excitation

Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb

Steep, Tight, Extra Gnar - Proper good fun!

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
186 m
Ascent
12 m
Descent
105 m
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
47˚
Excitation Map

Once you reach the top of the short bootpack, approach the cornice area carefully. The landmark you are looking for is a big rock pillar on skier's left of the chute, Excitation is a line from the peak to skiers right of where you stand at the top of the bootpack. If you're first up there and don't know where to enter do not second guess it. Usually there will be a few tracks up there almost as soon as Harmony Express opens on a powder day. The entrance into Excitation can be a sketchy side step, a 2-6 feet cornice drop or a straight-line (be comfortable with all before tackling this mega line). Once you're in the chute, it tucks away to the skier's left side and funnels down between the rock pillar on your left and some cliffs on your right. Ski it fast, get some face shots and enjoy one of the steeper lines in resort! As per all of the lines off this ridge of the mountain (Glacier Wall), ski them top to bottom and finish up in Glacier Bowl. Don't wait for your mates!

Description

There are a few options once in the guts of the chute, you can sneak over a ridge to skiers left and get some fresh turns down under Glacier Wall if the conditions allow.

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

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Cliffs

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