Lower NE King

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A steep open glade that shelters deep snow days after a storm

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
177 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
122 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
42˚
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Description

A steep, north-facing run that shelters deep snow days after a storm, this open glade runs a consistent grade and fall line from Lizard's Back Ridge to Elizabeth Lake. The top of this run is divided by a steep tree island. Wiggle your way through the trees on either side. Note that the skier's left side of the run is a little steeper and eventually ends in thick trees, forcing you to work right. The right hand line offers a top to bottom line but is often tracked out first. Prevailing winds deposit snow here. Watch out for avalanches, ski one at a time and keep an eye on your partner. Access via the first Southback gate, traversing to Kirner's Cornice and hiking up the boot pack to the summit of the King. Work your way down Lizard's Back ridge, avoiding trees and rocks.

Difficulty

Difficult

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

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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