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Nisqually Chute

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A quick day ripper straight out of paradise.


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.0

KM

Ski Line

8,324' 2,537 m

High

6,343' 1,933 m

Low

176' 54 m

Up

1,992' 607 m

Down

33%

Avg Slope (18°)

62%

Max Slope (32°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
See Muir Camp Approach (Summer -> Late Summer) for more details.

Need to Know

Be sure to recognize the moraine at the end of the run at ~6,600 ft. Otherwise, you may end up on the Nisqually Glacier. Of course, check avalanche conditions before dropping.

Description

Enter the chute at ~8,300 ft. and enjoy a beautiful descent down to the edge of the Nisqually Glacier. This is a fun and narrow chute that is quicly accessible out of the Paradise Parking lot. Follow the approach for Muir Camp Approach (Summer -> Late Summer) and split off at 8,250 ft, a little bit above Sugar Loaf.

The entrance to the chute should be clearly noticable, if you have hit 8,400 ft. you've gone too far. DO NOT DROP IN unless you are 100% sure you are in the right chute. There are big cliffs around the corner from the chute. The chute is SW facing and gets really corny middle to late afternoon/evening. It can be really tracked out and looks like an inbounds run on really crowded days, so keep looking above for rockfall and avalanches. Take a short tour back to Panorama Face and take another lap!

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Ben Stone

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Those two little black dots are skiers for scale
Mar 24, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
What the trail looks like in Early Fall
Mar 23, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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