Leaning Tree Chute

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

The entrance to this short, narrow chute is guarded by a leaning tree.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
181 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
100 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
40˚
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Description

The entrance to this short, narrow chute is guarded by a leaning tree. Quite narrow at the top even without the tree, the entrance requires a vertical drop into the chute which varies in height based on snow depth. The chute drops sharply onto an open face below. This chute is rarely skied, but can offer some fun access to the unpopular glade below. Enter mature timber, watching out for tree wells. Follow the gradient back to the groomed outrun.

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

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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