Chihuahua Bowl

Arapahoe Basin

Steep open chute into Chihuahua Gulch

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
1.6 km
Ascent
289 m
Descent
245 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
3.7 km
High Point
4 km
Gradient
37˚
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Description

Access this line via Mexican hat or the Lenawee Mountain Hike. This is a nice NE, E facing line that will put you into the Chihuahua Lake. It is recommended that you have strong mountaineering skills when attempting this line because it will put the skier into a zone completely away from everything. It is usually skied late season well into May so keep this in mind. Route choice is just as important going into the line as it is getting out of it. The route marked getting out of the bowl is one option to exit out. The other option is to simply hike straight back up the route you skied and come down back down Mexican Hat or any other line. Enjoy nice steep open turns in this secret chute off the backside of the Lenawee Ridge!

Difficulty

Difficult

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

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

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

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons

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