A Large alpine zone offering both easy and challenging black routes down to Crystal.

Statistics

45

m

262

m

32

max┬░

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Moderate

Description

The Grey Zone is a large open zone in the alpine, accessible from a steep bootpack near Glacier Express.

Once up the bootpack, known as 'The Chimney' there are 3 or 4 routes down including a couple of chutes and an open meadow.

This open, low-angle field is the main Grey Zone route and has some sweet powder accessible from it.

Unfortunately because of the low angle it means you don't actually get that many turns in, especially given the effort from the steep chimney bootpack! Other than a few boulders there's not a lot to be wary of if you follow the obvious pitch leading down to the Crystal Hut. The Chimney is accessed from traversing high just after Spanky's Ladder until the cliffs are in front of you and there's a little space in front of you to start hiking up between the trees.

The traverse can be hard for snowboarders and the bootpack is steeper and longer than Spanky's Ladder.