Big Hourglass - PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Crested Butte

Salida

Big Hourglass is a permanently closed area on the skier's left side of lower Third Bowl sometimes used as freeride competition venue.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
202 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
164 m
Low Point
3 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
39˚
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Big Hourglass - PERMANENTLY CLOSED Map

Description

You'll see Big Hourglass as you traverse back from Lower Third Bowl toward Phoenix Bowl along the Third Bowl / Phoenix Exit to East River Express. You pass above Big Hourglass in Low Exit and along Magic Carpet. It is a permanently closed area that is rarely used as a freeride venue, only on good snow years, for the Crested Butte Extremes event. It is full of pillows and mandatory-air exits with close out cliffs in the 25-50 foot range. The smallest choke through Big Hourglass is only a few feet but surrounded by exposure.

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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