Silver Chute

Telluride

Silver Mountain's main chute into Alta Lakes Basin

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
497 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
388 m
Low Point
3.7 km
High Point
4.1 km
Gradient
48˚
Silver Chute Map

Silver Chute is a little more North facing than The Wire and provides the possibility for wider turns when the champagne powder falls deep. Seemingly near-vertical at the entry and upper cliff zone may well require some rappelling during most seasons. This area is very rarely rideable at all - it's true Rocky Mountaineering here. During big years Silver Chute can be a top to bottom line to remember as it snakes you out onto the Alta Lakes Basin play fields. The best access is up the Palmyra hike and then ridge-line rock climbing to Silver Mountain summit. All precautions are necessary to survive such a line and score top-of-the-world views. Wind can be an issue as the exposure is so high, especially on the upper third of this peak. The powder that loads in the basin is also worth the risk and effort but the line is only for absolute professional level mountaineers. The best exit is across Alta Lakes Basin and along the snow shoe trail South of Bald Mountain.

Difficulty

Extreme

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

Extreme Exposure (E4)

4 out of 4

In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Crampons

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