Threeway Chute #1

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A narrow steep couloir boarded by rocky spines on either side.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
333 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
164 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
38˚
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Description

A narrow couloir, Threeway Chute #1 is the most difficult of these four couloirs. At a maximum of a 45 degree slope angle at the gut of the couloir, this run is for experts only. It is also possible to drop into this couloir off the snowy/rock buttress on skiers left, which would require mandatory air. The main entrance to this couloir is around the backside of this snowy/rock buttress. Watch for a cornice that forms on either side. This couloir avalanches regularly. The entrance is narrow, then as the chute funnels through the narrowest part, it also steepens to 45 degrees or more. Below this point, the chute opens wide to the basin below. Ski and ride with a partner and carry proper avalanche gear.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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