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Joe's Badass Shoulder

Crystal Mountain

This popular backcountry run offers a little bit of everything—an open face, cliffs, glades and cornices.

Ski Touring Severe

249 m
0 m
145 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2 km
Joe's Badass Shoulder Map

Originally known as Speed Control by Crystal ski patrol, locals have recently renamed this terrain as Joe's Badass Shoulder, named for a prominent Crystal skier. A sign hung at the top of the run reads the new name and within the past five years, the name has taken hold. This is true backcountry, but often gets more skier and rider traffic than other lines within Silver Basin. Approach by the Southback gate, traversing/hiking to Three Way Notch. Look for a traverse to the right halfway down Three Way Chute. Notice this traverse takes you under Three Way Peak and serious avalanche terrain. There is no avalanche mitigation beyond Three Way Chute and this seemingly innocuous traverse can be quite dangerous. Alternatively, skin up from Quicksilver chair past Upper Henskin Lake. There is often a skin track already in place. If you happen to be the first there after a storm, skin to the ridge below Three Way Peak's left flank, attain the ridge and work north to find Joe's Badass Shoulder. This region contains several lines and often has deep powder. In spite of its popularity, this terrain is true backcountry. Carry proper equipment and always ski or ride with a partner.



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.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.


  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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