Throne Chute A

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

This is a relatively easy double black diamond face that opens into a wider bowl.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
394 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
210 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
38˚
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Description

Like West Ridge Chute B, Chute A is more of a face than a chute. It starts at the False Summit along the hike to the summit of the Throne. This is a good run for non-experts hoping to challenge themselves, but requires a short ten-minute hike up the ridge. Since this is the first run from the Throne hike, it often tracks out early. Mine the treed edges for deeper snow. Watch for the traverse track, as well as those on the traverse, below the upper portion of this face. Once in the open bowl, stay to the left to avoid the cedar bench, which is rocky and steep and often requires mandatory air.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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