B Chute

Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Hole

A technical entrance into a clean chute.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
1.3 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
601 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
47˚
B Chute Map

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.

Description

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!

B Chute is skier’s left of A chute and has two options for an entrance depending on the snowpack. The chute is clean below a cliff, so enter the line skier’s right or left around and below this cliff section (in a low snow year you should aim for skier's left of the cliff). Make your way slowly through the entrance, being sure of where you are, then ride the gut of the couloir. Exit skier’s right onto the Granite Traverse.

Difficulty

Severe

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.

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

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