Alex's Funnel

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A narrow couloir that funnels through a steep, rocky chute

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
415 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
208 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
43˚
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Description

A narrow couloir that funnels through a steep, rocky chute, Alex's Funnel is deceptive. The upper section is wide and inviting. In a deep snow season, the narrowest part of the funnel goes. During a low snow season, it can often get rocky, and requires more skill. Alex's Funnel sits in the lee of the prevailing winds, and is often quite deep. The slope avalanches regularly. Even though Alex's Funnel is part of Hamburger Basin, it is only accessible when Southback is open. Enter the upper Southback gate at the summit of the Throne and work the ridge past The Bowl to the widest opening in the trees. Ski cut across the upper slope before committing, as this slope does not get much skier compaction.

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

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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