Tyndall Glacier Chutes

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Tyndall Glacier Chutes

Submitted By: Franz on June 10, 2010

Administrator: Franz

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Easy
- Bootpack:
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 9,475 ft.
Elevation Gain: 2,500ish ft.
High Point: 12,324 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 45 degrees°


Easy hike usually by the time that these lines are safe to ski.  Follow the Fern Lake Trailhead to the Flattop Mountain trail head from the Bear Lake parking area.  Follow this trail west  with the gorge on your left or south side and it will wrap around to where a permanent snowfield (the glacier) covers the steep slopes where the gorge connects to the valley.  These are the ski lines.  Usually you'll be doing this in sneakers with your boots and skis on your packs.  This hike has amazing views of Long's Peak and is highly reccomended at sunrise

Equipment Needs

Perhaps a whippet because the lines are pretty steep to ski.  Other than that a good pair of hiking sneakers as the Fernlake and Flattop trails are very very well maintained and you will probably have a bit of a hike out along the Emerald Lake Trail.


Chute.  The top is about 45 degrees steep or so and mellows to around 40 degrees.  The descent skis you down to a beautiful alpine lake with gorgeous views to the east.  There is some variability to the different lines so pick one that your comfortable with and go for it

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