Experience some of the longest continuous vertical runs in North America
Opened in the 2004-05 season, the 200+ acre Chutes offer some the longest vert in North America. This means you don't just get a quick glimpse of a steep run, you get more like 1000+ feet of north facing slopes with pitches from 40-55 degrees!
ENTRY: Entry is through designated gates only. 4 located on the Mt. Rose side and 5 in the Slide Bowl. All gates can be accessed from both summit chairs Northwest Magnum 6 & Blazing Zephyr 6.
EXIT: The "Chuter" quad chairlift unloads near the lower section of the Outlaw run at the Slide Bowl.
STATUS: Signs located at the loading areas of both summit lifts, Northwest Magnum 6 and Blazing Zephyr 6, will have Chute gate status indicators.
OPEN: Each gate has a chain. If a gate is OPEN (chain is down), all terrain accessible from that gate is available. If a chain is across the gate (with a “CLOSED” sign), access into that chute is prohibited.
CLOSED: Gates and runs are closed when, but not limited to:
- Avalanche Control in Progress
- Unsuitable Slope Conditions - ski patrol deems that conditions are not suitable for skier traffic (icy/rocky)
- Visibility Issues
- Guest Rescue in Progress
For more about safety in the Chutes, please visit the Safety in the Chutes page.
Lift Access Times
|Chuter||8:30a - 3:45p||5 min|
|Northwest Magnum 6||9:00a - 4:00p||4 min|
|Blazing Zephyr 6||8:30a - 4:00p||4 min|
|Chute Gates||8:30a - 3:30p|
Illegally entering closed terrain, aka poaching, will not be tolerated and will result in the revoking of mountain access for the following 3 years. Once an area on the mountain is deemed suitable for public use by the ski patrol, that area will then be opened. Bottom line, if the closed sign is up on the Chute entry gate, stay out & stay alive.
Warning: Risk of Avalanche
While snow safety and avalanche mitigation efforts help reduce the risk of avalanches, avalanches and snow slides may occur at ski areas, both inside and outside of the posted boundaries. Avalanches are an inherent risk of the sport due to the nature of snow and its application on steep, mountainous terrain. Become educated on how to reduce the risk of injury or death from avalanches through your own actions and awareness.
Taking these steps may help reduce the risk:
- Always ski with a partner and keep them within your sight at all times
- Obey all signs and closures
- Carry avalanche equipment such as beacons or transceivers, reflectors, probes and shovels when skiing or riding in areas where avalanches may occur
- Consider wearing a helmet
Visit http://www.avalanche.org or contact the Mt. Rose ski patrol for further information on the risks and prevention of avalanche-related injuries or death. Need an avalanche training class? Click here for more info.