Rush 3

Berthoud Pass

Rush 3: Steep cliffs with billy goating or big air potential

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
208 m
Ascent
3 m
Descent
105 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.5 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
40˚
Rush 3 Map

The entrance to Rush 3 is a large, eastern aspect convexity that is often wind loaded. Avalanche danger here is significant. Getting caught in an avalanche would mean being taken over and through cliffs. Make sure you are aware of the weather, avalanche conditions, and your ability before committing to a route like Rush 3. Unlike Rush 2, there are no ways to sneak through Rush 3 without any air. Airs can be as small as 20 feet or as big as 50 feet. Some routes through Rush 3 can provide double drops that link multiple 20+ feet cliffs. Because this route requires mandatory air, much of it quite large, it is recommended that you wait for the snow conditions to be deep AND stable to consider attempting it.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins

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