Upper Parachute

Crested Butte

Salida

Upper Parachute is the central entrance into Third Bowl, with big pillows or mandatory turns around them through the trees.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
134 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
85 m
Low Point
3.3 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
35˚
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Upper Parachute Map

Description

Upper Parachute starts a little gnarly looking with big pillows and tight turns around them through trees right off the top of Third Bowl (think center-right from the top of Third Bowl). If you can make it through them you'll have a tight tree chute that benches out as you are joined by Close Call on your left and Mushroom Cliffs Bowl on your right. You can continue down Lower Parachute straight ahead or traverse right for Good Luck Glades; if you head left you can catch some of Solar Plexus and hit Low Exit if you want to get back into Phoenix Bowl.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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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