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California Chute


Lake Tahoe

A classic western facing Y couloir from Peak 9795

Freeride Skiing Severe

258 m
0 m
168 m
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3 km
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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.



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.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and April


  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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