No Name Chute

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A very narrow chute for experienced experts that requires a straight-line.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
280 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
170 m
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
46˚
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Description

This narrow chute lies to the skier's right of S-Bend Chute. Get here by entering Gate B, follow the tree-lined opening which is a shallow gully. It heads right to the two steep chutes sitting on the far right side of the Valley of the Cliffs. These are two of the only routes through this cliff band that do not require a rope. Even with a rope, most of the remaining lines are rarely skiable. At the top of the steep chute, in the midst of the trees, the chute starts relatively wide and quickly narrows down to a mandatory straight-line. Make ten quick turns at the top, then let them rip through the narrow gap edged by rocks. Below this funnel, the slope quickly opens. You will be going fast, so make a few big turns to slow yourself down before hitting the thicker timber below. It is also possible to veer hard right and side step back to the ridge above and re-enter the ski area. Otherwise, head down the catch trail in the gully below, which is really a creek bed. Follow this north until it steepens up. Watch out here as the route gets funky, requiring quick turns to navigate around rocks, stumps and trees. Below this steep section, meet the summer trail and follow this to the Lower Northway parking lot, where you have hopefully left a shuttle vehicle. If you were unable to do so, hike up the unplowed road to the access road and hitch a ride back the the ski area. This is uncontrolled backcountry terrain. Ski/ride with a partner and carry the proper equipment.

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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