Bypass Chutes

Stowe

Steep chutes with trees and cliffs, accessed by a sidestepping traverse.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
339 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
119 m
Low Point
938 m
High Point
1.1 km
Gradient
33˚
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Description

Bypass Chutes serves as the intro to The Kitchen Wall, a nickname given to the ridge between Gondola and the Four Runner Quad. This zone has a few possible routes, though many of them are quite complex. Among these is Bypass Chutes. Right where Bypass takes its first turn down the fall line, continue straight ahead into the woods. Immediately you are presented with the first obstacle. A big cliff that drops right onto the traverse. This can be skirted to skiers right. Sidestep out as far as you feel comfortable, be aware that the early drop ins can lead to big, sketchy cliffs that are often mandatory. The best place to drop in is right below a very large cliff, this chute is fairly steep at the top with a rock wall to skiers left. You can see where rockfall has prevented trees from growing. After the first few turns, there are some boulders which make good jumps in the early season. These chutes blend into tight woods and empty out onto Rimrock. From there you can link up with Hazelton Trail if you haven’t had enough tree skiing.

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

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Face
  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Couloir
  • Walk Required

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