4th of July Chute

North Madisons

Beehive Basin classic

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
635 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
284 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.9 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
45˚
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4th of July Chute Map

Description

The 4th of July chute is aptly named as it holds snow well into the summer most years. It isn't too hard to get to, lying about three miles from the car at the head of Beehive Basin. Hike up the drainage heading towards Beehive Peak. On the looker's left side of Beehive Peak, you'll see the 4th of July chute. During winter, its about 30 feet wide at its tightest, and the chute itself is only about 600 feet long. Once out of the rock walls, you can milk out another 6 or 800 feet of lower angle skiing down to the meadows in that basin. If you are trying for a later season descent, you may want crampons and an ice axe.

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

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, June, July, October, November, December

Features

  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons