Narrow Chute Left

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A beautiful hourglass couloir above a wide bowl.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
199 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
132 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
45˚
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Description

A beautiful hourglass couloir above Avalanche Basin, Narrow Chute Left is often guarded by a large cornice. The left side of this chute is hemmed in by the rocky edge of A-Basin Buttress, making this a dramatic and aesthetic run. The easiest entrance is on the right. Below the chute, watch for chunks of cornice and avalanche debris as this is run is prone to constant sloughing. Access from either Southback gate along the Throne ridge bootpack. Traverse around the back of the Throne to Avalanche Basin (A-Basin). Narrow Chute Right and Left are the first entrances after the short hiking traverse behind A-Basin Buttress.

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

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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