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Chuter Buck / Buck Crack

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0.2 mile 0.4 kilometer point to point
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Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -682' -208 m
High: 9,545' 2,909 m
Low: 8,863' 2,701 m


Avg Slope: 56% (29°)
Max Slope: 62% (32°)
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Avalanche risk for Nov 18, 2018: Low

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.

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Sporty couloir line with a couple of mandatory airs/rappels.

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Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Be prepared to rappel, unless you are certain there is enough snow to ski and/or air over the two cliff bands.


From the bottom of Chute The Moon, there is an obvious cleft on the skier's left. Steep skiing through a moderate choke brings one down to the first of two cliff bands. There is just a short snowfield between the two drops; it isn't really worth transitioning to skis if you are rappelling. Anchors for each cliff (both on skier's left) were in good shape as of February 2015.

In a big snow year, both drops may be skied over and/or aired. With a thinner snowpack, it may be more prudent to rappel both. A 30m rope is plenty for each rap.

Note: Powder Project's "maximum angle" projections are inaccurate; portions of this line approach the mid 40 degree range.

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Feb 18, 2017
Tommy Deltz
This line is filling in nicely! Top rappel is about 10m and the second rap is about 7m with a little cave (hole) to work around. We were the first ...

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Chuter Buck / Buck Crack in a big snow year (2010/2011). Upper choke (rocks in middle) is buried in this picture, and lower drops aren't always as small as they appear.
Mar 16, 2015 near Moose W…, WY
Above the rappels in Chuter Buck. Note rock splitting couloir above; makes for a moderate choke on either side (~10 feet wide)
Mar 16, 2015 near Moose W…, WY
On the apron of Chuter Buck / Buck Crack. The second (smaller) cliff band is visable above.
Mar 16, 2015 near Moose W…, WY
The first rappel, February 2015
Mar 16, 2015 near Moose W…, WY
Riding down the upper section of the couloir. The first rappel anchors are around the corner on skier's left
Mar 16, 2015 near Moose W…, WY


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