Boxcar

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

Three short chutes guarded by a large cornice that open into an alpine bowl.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
447 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
215 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
36˚
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Description

Boxcar gets its name from the size and shape of the cornice that forms above these chutes. The ski patrol keeps the cornice trimmed back with explosives, but the entrance is often vertical. Watch out for chunks of avalanche debris and old cornice strewn below. For those wanting to avoid the vertical entrance, skirt the large cornice on either side. The skier's left (northern) side of the large cornice offers a wide shallow couloir free of rocks, cliffs and other obstacles. This popular chute is wide enough for advanced intermediates wanting to ski Silver Basin. Located just below The Beach, a large flat bench along the ridge separating Silver Basin and Crystal Lakes Basin, this is one of the easiest runs in Silver Basin.

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.

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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