Direct Chute

Lake Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe

A classic chute off of the highest point at Palisades Tahoe

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
229 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
135 m
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
36˚
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Description

A classic hike to a fun chute off the top of Granite Chief peak. If you have the lungs, this is a great run. Check with patrol at the top of Granite Chief chair to make sure the hike is open. The east facing chute directly off of the very summit is Direct Chute. It is steep and narrow, the bottom is even narrower during low snow conditions. If you are not comfortable with a steep narrow chute, don't try this. Direct Chute empties into a nice bowl area with a few trees and then merges with Hidden Bowl. It's a short chute, but you don't want to miss any turns because of the rocks and rock wall on the left.

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.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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