Two Easy Turns

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

This narrow chute is one of the most challenging runs in the Crystal backcountry

Ski Touring Extreme

Distance
483 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
254 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
51˚
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Two Easy Turns Map

Description

Don't let the name fool you. This narrow chute is one of the most challenging runs in the Crystal backcountry. Adjacent to the avalanche-controlled terrain of Three Way Notch, Two Easy Turns is true backcountry. Bring the proper equipment and always ski or ride with a partner. Hazards include cornices, cliffs, rocks, avalanches and often mountain goats. Approach is the same as Three Way Peak. Scope your line carefully. The entrance is tight and the couloir is narrow enough to require straight-lining the 1000 foot vertical chute. The couloir forms just below the summit rock, with a narrow entrance choked with rocks just below the true summit. Two Easy Turns is attempted only a handful of times a season. Proceed with caution.

Difficulty

Extreme

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

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

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

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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