Bear Claw

Sugarbush

A fun unmarked glade just beyond the Paradise Chutes

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
618 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
291 m
Low Point
844 m
High Point
1.1 km
Gradient
37˚
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Bear Claw Map

Description

After a 5 minute sidestep from Paradise, the bookpack to The Church splits off to the left and Bear Claw begins to the right. This glade is much tighter than Paradise Chutes and there is no real path. The upper section begins with tight evergreens that will keep you on your toes. Make your way down carefully and watch out for low hanging brands. About half way down, the forest becomes more deciduous and you can open up your turns a little bit more. You’ll exit on Bailout. This glade is a go to spot on powder days, When there is a line of people waiting to drop into The Church, you can find solitude in these woods. Just make sure you get there before the locals do. Keep in mind Bear Claw is not maintained or monitored by patrol, don’t go unless you are an experienced skier.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

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