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Chimney Chute



An impressive looking line visible in the first creek drainage as you drive South over the pass on Highway 40. Many people consider it a “trophy line” because of how visible it is and how difficult it looks. It starts relatively steep from the ridge, narrows down through a choke with rock pillars on either side, then widens back out at a mellower angle through the runout. You can avoid the choke by heading skiers right through open trees. The reality is that most of the year it isn’t a great ski, it takes a while to fill in and stabilize, and because of it’s relatively low elevation it can start to get funky earlier than other lines at the pass in the spring. If it’s in, safe, and you’ve never skied it … go bag yourself a trophy line.


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