Pinball Face

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A steep, rocky face for experienced experts

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
72 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
53 m
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
44˚
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Description

Pinball Face is a steep, rocky offering for experienced experts. Lying just off the top of the King, you can easily look over the edge to stare into the maw of this beast. While Pinball Chute looks intimidating enough, as the name suggests you will most likely ping off the edges all the way to the bottom. Pinball Face, however, is even more technical than its well known brother. The upper section is pocked with the same shark-fin rock that lies in wait elsewhere in Southback. Here, the stakes are higher as the face below steepens quickly. A fall at the top would most likely end in death or serious injury. Depending on your line, you must navigate two to three muddled cliff bands. The buttress on the skier's left of Pinball Chute should be avoided, as landing into the chute would be a tight and dangerous squeeze. There's a shallow rib on the left separating Pinball Face from Hourglass. This rib often holds deeper snow and a way to better navigate the rocky upper section of this face. Once past the prominent diagonal cliff band partway down the upper section, the face opens to a beautiful face. This face is hard to access, so enjoy your turns here before meeting up with the bottom part of Pinball Chute. A rocky triangle splits the bottom face. Stay right to end in Pinball Chute. Watch for avalanche debris at the bottom.

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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