Analysing terrain data
Big Chute is a serious contender for one of the best runs in Crested Butte with its steep, experts only skiing that descends quickly into Paradise Bowl.
Four inches can feel like a foot on this run.
The top section is a mellower start off the mid-station of the High Lift next to the Big Chute double black diamond trail marker.
It quickly rolls over into steep, fall-line skiing that funnels into a tight choke in between some trees that can be very rocky on a low snow year or in the early season.
The chute continues over a rocky area that usually fills in by mid season with a medium sized cliff on the rider's left.
There is some fun tree skiing on both sides of Big Chute.
This forms a second choke-like feature in the main part of the chute that has a few rocks in it that can serve as turn markers or possible airs that disappear as more snow fills in during the season.
Big Chute finishes as it flattens out and joins Paradise Bowl to your left.
You can even get on International and the Ruby Road by taking a hard left and passing the top of the Paradise Express.
Check the unmarked / freeride section for information on Figure 11, a pair of chutes that are past the right side of Big Chute that border the Headwall Glades.
Continue to the North Face Lift if you want more classic Crested Butte ungroomed terrain.