The Cliff

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A steep cliff requiring mandatory air.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
134 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
82 m
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
38˚
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The Cliff Map

Description

This steep apron requires mandatory air. Rarely skied or snowboarded, this slope is mainly used in free ride competitions. Work the ridge above Shank Chutes, sticking to the skiers right side as the ridge opens into the rocky apron/cliff. Watch for trees and cliffs. Just as the ridge starts to open, stay slightly right. You're looking for the line that will head left back towards the bottom of Pinball Chute. Look for a small indention in the slope and a good launching point. This line is defined by an opening in the sparse trees. The upper section is uber steep and requires mandatory air. It is possible to hop turn a little on the way down. Most competitors hit it once or twice and look for another launch point for more air on the lower part.

Difficulty

Extreme

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

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

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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