SKY Chutes

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SKY Chutes

Submitted By: junkyarddog on March 20, 2011

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Colorado » Ten Mile Range

NE Couloir or NE face

Depending on snow cover, it may be possible to descend NE off the summit to the open snow field above the NE couloir.  You can also descent east off the summit and traverse skiers left to the snow field above the NE couloir.  When we skied it, the couloir narrowed about half way down the face to about 6 feet (this of course will vary with timing/snow conditions).  Once thru the narrow section, you're basically at the top of the apron, so let 'em rip!!
For extra credit, climb and ski one of the north facing couloirs on North Star Mountain on the way back to the car.

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On the west side of the northern end of the Ten Mile Range, facing Copper Mtn Ski Resort, are some gullies called the SKY chutes.  They are named the SKY chutes because if you look at them from a distance they form the letters S K Y (although the S appears to be backwards).

There are 5 different lines here, the S, the left and right parts of the K, and the two parts of the Y.

How to Get There

Drive west from Denver to the Copper Mountain turnoff (Rt 91). Head south on Rt 91, past the first entrance to Copper Mountain. When you reach the turn in on the right for the Alpine parking lot at Copper, look left, that's the S. You can turn left here into a parking area.  At the east side of the parking area is a creek, and a nice wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and start climbing.

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