SKY Chutes

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SKY Chutes

Submitted By: junkyarddog on March 20, 2011

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Ptarmigan Glacier

The first section is the steepest and then the line mellows out.  Follow the glacier all the way to the toe.  Once done follow a faint climbers trail to the lake below.  At the lake a a good trail is on the North side, follow this trail by Helene lake and 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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