A deep gully/couloir for experienced backcountry experts


Analysing terrain data









The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


There are three main routes through Goat Chutes, the prominent rock buttresses capping the north end of the Valley of the Cliffs.

Chute to Kill is one farthest on the skiers right.

It is also the deepest, with large rock buttresses on either side.

This is an intimidating couloir requiring mandatory air to enter.

It is narrow in width and the sides are too steep to allow for any chance to bail.

Don't try this chute during high avalanche hazard, or even moderate hazard for that matter.

This is one to try during stable conditions only, as even a small slough here could have dire consequences.

Find this one by working the ridge past Cotton Fields, staying to the skiers right.

Chute to Kill starts lower down the ridge past and to the right of Main Goat Chute.

Enter at the top where the deep V meets the ridge.

The skier's left buttress is nearly vertical here, so work the left side, jumping into this narrow chute.

Get yourself together to ski this narrow 500 vertical foot couloir that stays spicy until the very end.

Watch for avalanche debris at the bottom.

This is true back county and outside the ski area boundary.

Ski/ride with a partner one at a time and carry the proper equipment.

Catch the summer trail just below these chutes and head south back to Lower Northway parking lot, where you have hopefully stashed as shuttle car.

Otherwise hike up the road to the Boulevard and hitch a ride the mile back to the Base Area.