South Face Naya Nuki

North Bridgers

An open snowfield that chokes down into a dog leg chute

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
1.2 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
643 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
44˚
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South Face Naya Nuki Map

Description

The south face of Naya Nuki peak is a beautiful wide open snowfield that can be seen as you drive north through Bridger canyon. It stands proud in the sun, begging to have tracks set upon it. The line starts out from the top as a very wide open bowl of a little over 30 degrees. After arcing wide open turns for about 600 feet, you have to shut it down, and prepare for the roll over into a fairly tight chute. This roller steepens to the higher 30 degrees as the fall line constricts to about 25 feet, sometimes less, sometimes more. Once through the tight spot, the line converges with a South facing, wide open chute. Bank an easy right turn and you'll have another 500 feet of great skiing down to the flats. Put skins on, and walk to the north and east, following the Fairy Lake 500 trail, to get back to Fairy Lake. To get to Naya Nuki, park at the Fairy Lake trailhead, about 1.5 miles from the highway. Head up the (closed in winter) Fairy Lake Road and up the summer trail to Sacajawea. Keep going South on the ridge to Nya Nuki.

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

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins