Left and Right Y

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Left and Right Y

Submitted By: junkyarddog on March 20, 2011

Administrator: junkyarddog

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
  • Spring
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack: moderate
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 9,770 ft.
Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft.
High Point: 11,400 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 40 degrees°


There are two ways to approach the Y couloir.  The easiest and least strenuous way is to go out the back of breckenridge.  There is a gate off of the imperial lift that gives you access to peak 6.  You exit the gate and head down to the saddle, and then start hiking up.  You have peak 6 1/2 and then you have peak six.  Before getting to peak 6, you will cut left into a bit windblown face.  This is the left side of the Y chute.  To access the right chute, you need to continue past the trees before getting to the leftward facing chute.

The other option is to go up either the Y chute, or the K chute and cut over.  If you do not have access to breck, this is probably the best way to access it.

Equipment Needs

standard avy gear


The right of the Y is a little bit more mellow, about 30-32 degrees throughout the top section.  It is often very windy up at the very top, so you will want to keep a lookout for large windslabs.  The left of the Y is closer to 35 at some points.  You can also ski the trees in between the two chutes, which holds the snow a little bit better, but it can be steeper.  Once you are in the chute, it is wide enough to make turns down (about 30 ft) but you want to be prepared to get a lot of varying snow. The whole slide path is a terrain trap, and you can see visible signs of flagging and avy activity.   The trees on the sides of the gully are pretty tight.  When you get to the bottom, head to the right, and you will cross under the K  and into a big meadow, and then you can head to the road.

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