SKY Chutes

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SKY Chutes

Submitted By: junkyarddog on March 20, 2011

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The descent is a mellow run that ranges between 20º and 34º.  There is a headwall on skiers right, which will put you in the glacial lake, and is prone to avalanches.  Be careful of this in with new snow, as the under layers are pretty firm and often icy.  Skier's left is a much more mellow line, that ends at a pile of rocks, where often people will leave lunches and whatnot.  In winter and spring you can ski back down the road and end up back at 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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