Bruce's Shoulder

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

An undulating start to a classic sub-alpine run.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
366 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
168 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
34˚
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Bruce's Shoulder Map

Description

Bruce's shoulder is the farthest skier's right side of the rock band that transects Bruce's Bowl. Here, the rocks heap up into three prominent buttresses, each one getting smaller as you move right. Between these are two ridable chutes. On the far right side of the shoulder is the easiest route as it abuts Finger Ridge, the flat ridge separating Bruce's from Paradise. Whether you choose the more challenging chute to the left, the easier one on the right, or go straight off the end of the buttress for some mandatory air, the most challenging part is just working your way down the ridge. Here, the cornices and wind rolls greet you like unwelcome guests. Get around these as gracefully as possible, through the first chutes and you are now in Bruce's Bowl. The best line on a powder day is straight fall line to the well-spaced glade skiers right of the chair line. See Bruce's Bowl description for more detail. Note that once through the Northway gates, cliffs and other hazards are not marked. This is avalanche prone terrain. Ski/ride with a partner and carry the proper equipment.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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