Bear Pits Shot 3

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A steep broad face that funnels through a narrow chute - for experts only.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
530 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
324 m
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
48˚
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Bear Pits Shot 3 Map

Description

A steep face that funnels through a narrow chute, Shot 3 offers 900 feet of vertical. Enter Shot 3 through the second Bear Pits gate from the top. This slope avalanches regularly. The triangular slope to the skiers right of the gate hangs above a cliff - watch yourself when entering. Head towards the rocky buttress to the left for the longest, straightest line. Watch for the traverse track entering from the left about midway down the chute. Work the ribs and spines to below for fresh tracks. While this is a straightforward couloir, it is quite steep. Only experts should attempt Bear Pits from the upper gates.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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