Lower Bear Pits

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

Numerous spines, chutes and glades that open to a wide basin

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
364 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
226 m
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
42˚
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Description

Numerous spines, chutes and glades that open to a wide basin, Lower Bear Pits is accessed by either Shot 1 gate or the two gates along the Signline Right ropeline. Once inside the gates, there are no hazard markings. This avalanche prone terrain is for experts only. Three prominent spines, known as Right Rib, Central Rib and Left Rib (aka Goal Post) span across the central part of this basin. Between these ribs are chutes that extend from the upper Bear Pits gates. These popular chutes get skied out quickly. Work the glades on the left when the rest of the basin is skied out.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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