False Summit Left

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A wide, steep couloir that opens into a broad basin below

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
224 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
158 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
42˚
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Description

A wide, steep couloir that opens into a broad basin below, False Summit Left is a challenging run, but can be attempted by non-experts ready to challenge themselves on a double black diamond. This chute is steep, but relatively wide. The entrance is straightforward. Watch for the traverse track that runs across the top of this slope. Work the ridges or enjoy the funnel shaped couloir through the center. Below the narrowest part of the chute, False Summit Right opens into Powder Bowl for a total of 850 vertical feet. At the bottom, catch the traverse track towards Bear Pits for another 500 vertical feet. Alternately, join the Lucky Shot groomer to the base of Rainier Express. The only downside of riding Powder Bowl is that it takes two chair rides to get back to the top to do it again

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

  • Cliffs

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