The Wire

Telluride

An extreme mountain crack falling from the peak of Silver Mountain

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
642 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
462 m
Low Point
3.6 km
High Point
4.1 km
Gradient
56˚
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Description

The Wire, as the name suggests, is a skinny fall line chute that plummets off the top of Silver Mountain's near vertical North West face. It is a popular summer climbing route but in winter it is rarely rideable. During a big winter it is possible for the gods of high mountaineering to claim such a line but they'll need to be prepared for a rappel section and near death experience. Access is up the Palmyra hike and then ridge-line rock climbing south to the Summit of Silver Mountain. A longer access is across Alta Lakes Basin and up the birthday chutes or a long spine climb from where the south-west corner meets the Alta Lakes road to Ophir. Either way this is a full on expedition style mission that requires serious thought and planning. The Wire has a few kinks in the run with an obligatory cliff a third of the way in and rocky cliff faces either side that spit you into the powder bowl fields of the Basin above an old mining trestle. Most will prefer to hike up the wire from the bottom when conditions allow, to drop a line where it feels most comfortable. There are a number of good turns to be had right and left of The Wire's exit point when the snowpack is stable enough for boot packing. The easiest egress from Alta Lakes basin is along a snowshoe / snowmobile trail that runs 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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