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West Sheridan: NW Chute

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 4.0 (1) SKI LINE

A long, fun line with a very short approach.


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0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Ski Line

12,885' 3,927 m

High

11,355' 3,461 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,530' 466 m

Down

43%

Avg Slope (23°)

56%

Max Slope (29°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

I D7 R2
There's a nice steep section up top (around 40 degrees), then the route goes under a large cornice as the grade lessens, before ending up in a 40-ft wide choke at the very bottom.

Description

While it's absolutely possible to climb the couloir, it would ideally be approached via West Sheridan: NW Gully Approach, as the snow closely resembles what will be found in the couloir as well as being lower-angle. To skier's left, there is a sizable cornice that must be avoided.

Overall, just a fun line to carve down in good conditions, starting steeper at the very top and ending in a choke bordered by two twenty-foot-tall walls.

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Thomas Beatty

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  4.0 from 1 vote

#3

in Leadville

#428

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  4.0 from 1 vote
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#3

in Leadville

#157

in Colorado

#428

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A closer look at West Sheridan's NW Couloir.
May 17, 2021 near Leadville, CO
Crossing the creek after the descent is tricky business.
May 17, 2021 near Leadville, CO

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