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The chutes on the north side of Carruthers Peak are magnificent, with long lines down to James Macarthur Creek, with lines further west starting at a lower elevation, but gaining the vertical lower down.
This area consists of a number of rocky chutes and narrow gullies, with the western end holding larger rocky crags, whilst further towards the peak and the east, the gullies and chutes catch more snow.
Due to the northern aspect, these runs lose snow quickly in spring, and as a result of their rocky nature, they require a lot of snow to get started, thus it is advisable to consider this area when there is a base of 1 metre at Spencer's Creek.
All of the lines available are steep and consistent in grade down to the creek, which is skiable in a good year too, in high season, you can choose any of the lines on offer but it is always a good idea to scout your line first, from vantage points like Tenison Woods Knoll.
The easiest way to return after getting down to James Macarthur Creek is the ridgeline which leads up to the east on the other side of the creek is one option, with the gullies either side of the chutes another.
Take care of snow conditions, and one of the best times to ski this area is early spring.