Backcountry Ski Suicide Chute on Mt. Superior

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Added by Eric Harris

Suicide Chute is a classic Wasatch backcountry route. This chute has very easy access and is steep and deep. The narrow couloir holds good snow long after storms.

First of all it's not as scary as it sounds, or as scary as it looks. That being said it's a steep chute in dangerous avalanche terrain so only experienced skiers with backcountry skiing knowledge/equipment should attempt this route.

Suicide Chute is located on the South face of Mt. Superior in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Park at Entry 4 at Snowbird and walk about 1/4 mile up the road where you will start your climb. Skin or hike up the Superior apron until you reach the base of Suicide Chute. The rest of the hike will be boot packing, and crampons can be helpful in the steeper parts of the chute. The slope angle varies, mostly in the 35-40° range.

Take in the views from the top, then enjoy an epic run through the chute, down Superior’s apron, and back to the road.

TIPS:
  • Get an early start and catch the sunrise from the top of the chute. It gets hit with morning sun so early birds are rewarded with the best snow.
  • This route is great in the Winter, but it can also be a lot of fun in the Spring and Fall. The couloir doesn't get a lot of sunlight so it holds snow long after the ski resorts close. I've heard of people skiing it in July.
  • Always check avalanche conditions before you go anywhere in the backcountry: https://utahavalanchecenter.org/advisory/salt-lake

Pack List

  • Skis/snowboard
  • Skins/snowshoes
  • Helmet
  • Shovel
  • Beacon
  • Probe
  • Camera
  • Crampons (optional)
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography, Skiing, Snowboarding

Skill Level:

Advanced

Season:

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1245 Feet

Features:

Easy Parking
Scenic

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Added by Eric Harris

Eric is a director/producer, photographer, and adventure addict, in search of beautiful places and incredible people. Currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I do my own stunts. eric@dappervisual.com | Instagram: danger_cake

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