Sasquatch Chute

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A narrow, curving couloir guarded by large buttresses on either side.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
208 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
143 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
45˚
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Description

This narrow couloir is guarded by large buttresses on either side. From a distance, the rock above this chute looks like a Sasquatch climbing the ridge. This is the first of the classic couloirs on the north side of the King that you come to when hiking. Since this chute is close to the start of the hike, it is often missed and can hold good snow for a few days after a storm. This chute is narrow at the top but wide enough to make turns. A hidden, alternate entrance can be found just down the ridge to the left. This slope opens up below to a wide-open bowl, making for an aesthetically pleasing run. This is a great run for those less willing to make the long hike to the top of the King. Ski/ride the nearly 700 vertical feet to the upper basin and either find the traverse to Damn Fine Forest for more vertical or veer left to the groomed outrun to the base of Chair 6 for another lap.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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