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Chute to Kill

Crystal Mountain

A deep gully/couloir for experienced backcountry experts

Freeride Skiing Extreme

1.4 km
17 m
500 m
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
1.8 km
Chute to Kill Map

There are three main routes through Goat Chutes, the prominent rock buttresses capping the north end of the Valley of the Cliffs. Chute to Kill is one farthest on the skiers right. It is also the deepest, with large rock buttresses on either side. This is an intimidating couloir requiring mandatory air to enter. It is narrow in width and the sides are too steep to allow for any chance to bail. Don't try this chute during high avalanche hazard, or even moderate hazard for that matter. This is one to try during stable conditions only, as even a small slough here could have dire consequences. Find this one by working the ridge past Cotton Fields, staying to the skiers right. Chute to Kill starts lower down the ridge past and to the right of Main Goat Chute. Enter at the top where the deep V meets the ridge. The skier's left buttress is nearly vertical here, so work the left side, jumping into this narrow chute. Get yourself together to ski this narrow 500 vertical foot couloir that stays spicy until the very end. Watch for avalanche debris at the bottom. This is true back county and outside the ski area boundary. Ski/ride with a partner one at a time and carry the proper equipment. Catch the summer trail just below these chutes and head south back to Lower Northway parking lot, where you have hopefully stashed as shuttle car. Otherwise hike up the road to the Boulevard and hitch a ride the mile back to the Base Area.



Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.


  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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