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-1,006' -307 m

Descent

61%

Avg Slope (31°)

67%

Max Slope (34°)

11,617' 3,541 m

High

10,610' 3,234 m

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Shared By Chris Dickson

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Avalanche risk for Feb 14, 2019: High

Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended. Natural avalanches likely; human-triggered avalanches very likely.

Full forecast for CAIC: Gunnison Zone — Brought to you by CO Avalanche Information Center

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A classic pencil chute with relatively easy access from Crested Butte.

Chris Dickson
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

You can either climb this line before skiing it, or you can skin the ridge on Axtell and drop in from the very top. Either way, expect steep and tight couloir skiing! There are a few chokes (one near the top and one near the bottom) that may require down-climbing (or straight-lining it) depending on the conditions.

Regardless, one hell of a classic Colorado couloir.

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