The Beast Chute
ElevationAscent: 2' 1 m
Descent: -479' -146 m
High: 8,401' 2,561 m
Low: 7,922' 2,415 m
GradeAvg Slope: 51% (27°)
Max Slope: 136% (54°)
Avalanche risk for Apr 5, 2019: Moderate
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern. Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.
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“A short, but steep pitch with a nice crux that will add a little pucker factor...”— Cody Feuz
The chute is a dogleg left, with the aforementioned crux in the middle. It starts out in scattered trees, but the route is obvious from the start. There are other adjacent chutes, but in the winter of 2015, these would have led to cliff-outs and/or ugly terrain.
As you start out heading north, look for the obvious slight left and the island of trees that appears to block the chute. Take your pick, left or right, we did both. If you go skiers right and don't hug the trees, you can get a little air off of the cliff band.
Below the tree island, it gets narrow for a turn or two, but then widens comfortably. Straight-lining it is an easy option, except for on lower snow years you would need to be cautious of some "shark fins" lower in the chute. (The Lick Creek Video shows full details, starting at 00:30 and running through 1:25).
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