Solar Plexus

Crested Butte

Salida

Solar Plexus can be a pillow smashers dream over large and medium pillows if the conditions are right and it's not too sun baked.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
239 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
122 m
Low Point
3.2 km
High Point
3.3 km
Gradient
40˚
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Description

Solar Plexus can be some of the best pillow skiing at CBMR if the conditions are right. You'll find it in upper Third Bowl after skiing Close Call and side stepping up the ridge on your left after the Lookout gate. There are big pillows and cliffs on the right hand side of the small ridge that is Solar Plexus and technical options through the rocks on the left side. You can ski across the ridge on your right for easier options into Lower Parachute. If you head through the trees on your left from the top you'll find a gate to Moosehead back into Phoenix Bowl if it is open or the gladed run along the rope line through High Exit to Low Exit to get back into Phoenix Bowl and Phoenix Chutes or onto Solar Junkyard. Solar Plexus ends as it merges with Lower Parachute on the right and the traverse from Phoenix Bowl under High Exit on the left. The Solar Plexus terrain naturally benches out over Magic Carpet / Solar Junkyard on your left and Lower Third Bowl in the middle towards the right.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

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

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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