Leaning Tree Chute (Niagaras)

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

Another steep chute in the Niagara's area

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
520 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
294 m
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
45˚
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Description

This steep chute starts as a steep face. Partway down a mid-slope rock splits the face into two gullies. The lefthand chute is straightforward, working first around a rock on the left and then the mid-slope rock mentioned above. It is possible, but not necessary to air off this rock. Enjoy the open apron below, which only those skiing/riding Niagara's get to enjoy. Follow the gradient left through the mellow trees to another steep face above the I-5 trail to return to base.

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.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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