Rush Chute

Berthoud Pass

Short, steep and narrow to get the adrenaline pumping.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
199 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
106 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.5 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
42˚
Rush Chute Map

Rush Chute is a steep, narrow chute that opens onto a large apron. It is perfect for going fast and getting a good "rush." At the top, before getting into the chute itself, there is a significant convexity. The route also has an eastern aspect, meaning it is regularly wind loaded. Avalanche danger here is significant, and if anything does move it will likely funnel into Rush Chute. Be very aware of the avalanche risk before deciding to drop into Rush Chute.

Description

The chute itself is quite short, but requires at least a small amount of straight lining through the choke. The chute opens up into a wide apron, making it an ideal route to go fast. After the chute there is plenty of space to shut down your speed if you need to.

Aside from skiing straight through the chute, it is also possible to air into the chute from the skier's left or right. Either drop is approximately 10-15 feet, and it can add a new wrinkle to the fun of skiing Rush Chute.

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, December

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins

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