Finger Chute #3

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A steep, sometimes rocky chute for experts willing to challenge themselves under the chair

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
175 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
86 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
33˚
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Description

Finger Chute #3 is narrow, steep and rocky. It also starts close to the Northway chair line. Start at the top of tower 14, veering left toward the other Finger Chutes. This narrow slot through the trees is steepest at the top and opens into a wide apron below. Watch for rocks. Once through the upper section, the apron below offers great turns. Hit Northway trail to the bottom for another lap on Northway Chair. Note that once through any Northway Gate cliffs and other hazards are not marked. This is avalanche prone terrain. Carry the proper equipment and ski and ride with a partner.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

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