AAA Chute

Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Hole

A highly technical optional route into A chute.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
537 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
288 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
52˚
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AAA Chute Map

Description

Granite Canyon is comprised of numerous north facing couloirs, massive cliffs, technical terrain, and everything is steep. Each run ends abruptly as you collide into Granite Creek at the bottom of the canyon. GRANITE CANYON IS AVALANCHE TERRAIN. Runs in this area are highly consequential, cell service is spotty, and it’s a long way back to civilization. Please respect this area. It is optimal to ski with partners with experience in technical terrain and who know the area. Many lines appear to “go through,” but in fact, they close out with an enormous cliff drop. Likewise, Granite Canyon is popular with seasoned experts as well as first timers; following tracks blindly may put you somewhere you do not belong. Approach all terrain in Granite Canyon with extreme caution.

To exit Granite Canyon, follow the traverse paralleling the creek bottom heading east. Gain height when possible (sidestepping, skating, and poling when necessary) until you round the corner of Apres Vous Mountain. From the corner, continue the traverse southward, you should end up on a cat track leading through a housing development which will bring you back to the base of the resort. CAUTION: the traverse out of Granite Canyon will place you in the bottom of numerous avalanche paths. Be aware of overhead dangers, and choose resting spots wisely!

AAA chute is accessed via backcountry gate #6 or #5. This chute is highly technical, and often has a mandatory cliff drop/ rappel up to 15 feet in the middle of it. Depending on the snowpack, this chute will either “go” or “not go.” The entrance is tricky to find, so bring a strong exploration game and work your way slowly until you’re sure you’re in the right place. There is a noticeable chute to the skier’s right, that closes out in an enormous cliff, so when in doubt, err to the skier’s left for safety! This chute will dump you into A Chute. To exit, veer skier’s right onto the Granite Canyon Traverse.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Rope

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