ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -1,213' -370 m
High: 11,307' 3,446 m
Low: 10,094' 3,077 m
GradeAvg Slope: 41% (22°)
Max Slope: 47% (25°)
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0.1 mi 0.1 km • -117 ft Descent • -35.58 m Descent
0.9 mi 1.5 km • -1,768 ft Descent • -538.88 m Descent
0.2 mi 0.3 km • -416 ft Descent • -126.9 m Descent
0.2 mi 0.4 km • -403 ft Descent • -122.77 m Descent
0.2 mi 0.3 km • -427 ft Descent • -130.01 m Descent
0.3 mi 0.5 km • -421 ft Descent • -128.33 m Descent
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“A steep, long, and narrow ride down a slide path—not for the faint of heart.”— J. Bella
Access to the ridge above these chutes is tricky with no established route. The easiest is to skin up the Gavilan Trail #60 to the ridge and make the climb to the summit of the unnamed peak 11,849', then continue south down the ridge past the tops of Y3 and the Y2 tributary to a small sub-peak—Y2 proper is to the skier's right of this sub-peak. There are multiple entrances to each chute, and each is like a funnel that starts out wide and narrows into drainage gullies with a general easterly aspect—the right sides are cooler and shadier and the left sides have a more southerly exposure and tend to hold less snow.
The aspectual nature of this terrain coupled with the northern New Mexico weather and temps often leads to variable conditions such as sunbaked crusts on the skier's left side and colder, softer snow on the right—sometimes there is a fine line in the middle of the gully. You could be skiing soft powder on one side and turn slightly across the chute onto hardpacked crust that will grab your boards and drop you faster than a hot lady on a cruise ship.
When temps are cold and powder is abundant, these chutes can provide a thrilling descent, but when avalanche conditions exist or if there is any reason to believe it's not entirely safe, they should be avoided without question. When these chutes slide, they run fast and deposit deep debris into the creek at the bottom—there is little chance of escape should you be caught in a slide here.
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