10 routes · Ski Touring
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.
Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.
Best time to visit
- Walk Required