L-Tree Chute (aka The Ramp)

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

This rarely explored, deep couloir is too narrow for most experts. Usually this gully is jumped in competitions.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
114 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
89 m
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
43˚
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Description

This rarely explored couloir is too narrow for most experts. Some locals call this the most extreme run in Southback. In competitions, this area known simply as "the cliff" is jumped entirely. The apron at the end of Shank Chutes offers experts a few more points in competition. The entrance to this couloir is steep and narrow. Partway down, expect some sections of mandatory air. Bring your A Game to this chute, and an extra helping of Wheaties. While this ramp is fairly short, the consequences are big. Enter at the top near the apex of the rocky apron at the end of the ridge above Shank Chutes. The chute starts as a steep ramp heading east. It narrows down quickly, and drops over a small cliff. The tricky part is that it stays narrow to the bitter end. The snow below this apron is often untouched and chalky. Watch for avalanche debris on either side of this apron.

Difficulty

Extreme

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.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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