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"The Elevator" begins by dropping down the fall line from Carruthers Peak and through a narrow rocky entry into a rock lined chute.
This steep run is the most obvious line to take from Carruthers Peak, and it's narrow line provides an excellent technical challenge for advanced skiers and boarders, with an easy and safe runout down to Club Lake.
This is one of the chutes which is filled in earlier, needing far less snow that Route 4 to become skiable, with around 75 cm at Spencers Creek you should be good to go, and late in the season this line can commonly be skiable into November! The southerly aspect and relatively high altitude does do some damage however, as cornices can form on the skiers right as you come down from the peak, and in addition, icy conditions can and do often form.
Scoping the run from a mellower run, like Route 5, is also a good option for those who are knew to the area, not only scoping your line, but any associated potential hazards, which change from year to year.
In the early season, try to stick to the centre of this chute, there are sharks in the area when the base hasn't completely formed.
Again, the best way back up to Carruthers Peak, is to head up the gentler western side of the lake then following the ridge line around, above the other routes, to the peak once again.