The Pencil

Blackcomb

Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb

A long, thin straight-line chute with a sizeable cornice and a steep runout

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
1.2 km
Ascent
4 m
Descent
393 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
46˚
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The Pencil Map

Description

Not for the faint-hearted! As you might imagine from its name, the pencil is a long, thin chute accessed via a cornice (the size of which depends on snow conditions) which shoots you out onto Double Rubble. The snow will be good here - at least for the first person! The entrance can get pretty scraped out though from the access side-slip in that people tend to make. Ensure the run below is clear before you send it though as you'll be coming out with some real hot sauce! Check the chute and snow conditions out from Double Rubble beforehand.

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

Features

  • Cliffs

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