North Chute 3

Berthoud Pass

The narrowest of the North Chutes

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
325 m
Ascent
1 m
Descent
139 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.6 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
40˚
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North Chute 3 Map

Description

This chute is just to the north of North Chute 2 off the false summit of Mt Russell. It is the narrowest of the North Chutes, and slightly steeper than North Chute 2, but it is also a bit shorter. The top rolls over a bit, but it is not too difficult to see down the line if you approach via one of the rock outcrops on either side of the chute. It has 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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