North Chute 1

Berthoud Pass

The most popular Berthoud Pass alpine line

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
623 m
Ascent
4 m
Descent
177 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.6 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
38˚
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Description

This wide chute from the false summit of Mt Russell is the most popular alpine line at Berthoud Pass. It it fairly straight forward with a decent pitch and long runout. The wind can often load or strip snow in this area, so be aware of what the recent weather has been like both for avalanche concerns and snow quality. It is not uncommon for one side of the chute to have deep wind loaded snow while the other side is thin and firm.

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

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, December

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