SKY Chutes

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SKY Chutes

Submitted By: junkyarddog on March 20, 2011

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Savage Peak Couloir

The couloir is skiable from summit to bottom (1200+ feet), however, when we skied it we entered the couloir from a side inlet 200' below the summit as a sizable cornice existed at the top.  The upper pitch can reach 50 degrees, but the majority of the couloir is sustained 45.  The bulk of the couloir is fairly shaded from the sun, except for the top 100', so an early start is prudent.  No narrow chokes exist and the majority of the couloir is wide at roughly 30', but it does have a double fall line.

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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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