Finger Chute #1

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A short, hidden chute that holds good snow.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
190 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
102 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
33˚
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Finger Chute #1 Map

Description

Finger Chute #1 is the first in a series of chutes hidden in plain sight. Just to the skiers right of Flyin Floyds and starting partway down that chute, Finger Chute #1 offers less "under the chair pressure" than its neighbor. Dive into Flyin Floyds for a turn or two, then stay on the right rib and enter the trees. Three chutes are hidden here. This is the first one. Watch for tight timber and downed trees guarding the entrance. When filled in and open, this little chute offers 400 vertical feet of less-popular turns. Hit Northway trail to the bottom of the lift for another lap on Northway.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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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