Shaker's Left

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A steep narrow couloir for experts only.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
301 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
194 m
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
1.8 km
Gradient
44˚
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Description

This steep narrow couloir is for experts only. The upper section of this run is bordered by a steep rocky buttress on the right and thick timber on the left. Some access from the left, sneaking into the couloir below the upper section. It is also possible to ski the steep right buttress on the right between Shaker's Left and Shaker's Right. Watch for rocks here and sections requiring mandatory air. To ski the Shaker's Left Chute itself from the top, wiggle through the trees. Depending on snow level, you may be required to drop a short distance and straight-line through the upper section. This upper part is often ignored. Below the narrowest funnel, Shaker's Left opens up to an open face with great skiing. The snow here is often deeper than in Niagaras. This slope avalanches regularly and is off the beaten path. Below the steep face, follow undulating treed slopes to Mike's Face, the last steep section above I-5. Follow the trail through the long traverse back to base area. Alternately, head down below the scree field to the right of Mike's Face to the parking lot and catch the shuttle back (it runs on busy days and weekends) to the base area.

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

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