Outer Planets

Stowe

Long, steep glade runs, involving cliffs and chutes.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
1.4 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
319 m
Low Point
498 m
High Point
818 m
Gradient
31˚
Outer Planets Map

The Outer Planets are a step up from Angel Food. Unlike the Food, these lines are remote, steep and involve many obstacles. To access Outer Planets, enter the backcountry gate about a third of the way down Chin Clip, traverse out beyond Angel Food. Once you are beyond Angel Food, you are committed and cannot traverse back to the resort. After a fairly lengthy traverse, you should see the first shot, known as Uranus. This is the most tame of the bunch, involving a long drainage gully. Neptune and Pluto are a little more on the wild side, involving large icefall drops. Most of these can be avoided with a little route finding, but be on the look out because they are not easy to see from above. All the Outer Planets end on the notch road. This road is closed in the winter and can be used to ski/skate back to the resort parking lot.

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

Features

  • Face
  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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