Silver Mountain's main chute into Alta Lakes Basin


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, the skier faces certain death.


Silver Chute is a little more North facing than The Wire and provides the possibility for wider turns when the champagne powder falls deep.

Seemingly near-vertical at the entry and upper cliff zone may well require some rappelling during most seasons.

This area is very rarely rideable at all - it's true Rocky Mountaineering here.

During big years Silver Chute can be a top to bottom line to remember as it snakes you out onto the Alta Lakes Basin play fields.

The best access is up the Palmyra hike and then ridge-line rock climbing to Silver Mountain summit.

All precautions are necessary to survive such a line and score top-of-the-world views.

Wind can be an issue as the exposure is so high, especially on the upper third of this peak.

The powder that loads in the basin is also worth the risk and effort but the line is only for absolute professional level mountaineers.

The best exit is across Alta Lakes Basin and along the snow shoe trail South of Bald Mountain.