California Chute

Kirkwood

Lake Tahoe

A classic western facing Y couloir from Peak 9795

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
258 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
168 m
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
44˚
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Description

Take Chair 4 to Chair 15 and then hike up to Melissa Coray Peak, then to continue to Peak 9795. Skins can be helpful. Two entrances from the summit of Peak 9795 create a Y Couloir that is decently pitched. The snow can be extremely variable due to its western exposure. Skier's right side tends to firm up from the melt-freeze cycle from direct sun exposure. Stay to the skier's left to find better snow on the descent. From here you can ski down a mellow slope area down to Emigrant Lake.

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

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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