Threeway Chute #2

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A steep, narrow couloir for experts only

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
118 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
81 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
41˚
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Description

A steep narrow couloir for experts, Threeway Chute #2 is sharply bordered by two prominent buttresses. Fifty feet below the entrance, the couloir funnels to its narrowest point, which is still wide enough to make turns, before widening out to the basin below. Watch for a cornice that builds at the top, usually most prominent on skiers right. This slope does not get much skier compaction, and avalanche hazard might linger here longer than other locations in Silver Basin. Ski and ride with a partner. Ski patrol recommends carrying 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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