Elk Summit Chutes

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

Several chutes etch this north-facing summit for experts only

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
263 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
170 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
49˚
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Description

Thanks to its many spines, chutes and cliffs Elk Chutes is often used as a venue for freeride competitions. Access via a short hike from Green Valley Express to the summit of Grubstake peak. From right to left the chutes are called Upper Kookie, Elk Summit, Elk False Summit, Upper West Shoulder and Lower W Shoulder. Watch for cornices and avalanches here. Two main chutes diverge off the summit. The left summit is slightly wider, but both are narrow. Trees define the spines on either side, but many challenging lines exist between and through these trees. The easiest chute is on skier's left, known as the Upper West Shoulder. It is steepest at the top. Elk Summit Chutes all open into the wide Snorting Elk Bowl offering 500 feet of vertical.

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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