I went and skied the Lake Chutes at Breck on Sunday and had a quick question. What is the best way to transition into this type of terrain? Most of the area where the Lake chutes are actually really steep have a cornice and I am worried about dropping into it. I am pretty comfortable once actually into the terrain. I made a few full hop turns to test the slope and then opened up once I got a feel for the snow and really enjoyed the run.
I am comfortable skiing steep terrain over 40 degrees such as lulu's in the horseshoe bowl and am fairly comfortable in the air having done 10-15 foot drops before. I guess it's just a combination of the steepness and exposure as many of the lines have rocks underneath.
Is it best to deal with it via repetition? Find a place I am fairly comfortable ski it a couple times then as I become more comfortable move up? I am confident that I have the skills to complete the lines it just seems more of a mental thing. I really enjoy technical skiing and feel that I have progressed as far as I am going to without entering this type of terrain.
Btw anyone know what the pitch angle is around right now. I know that they are claimed to be around 50-55 but with the above average snowfall the cornices seem to have built out further than usually increasing the steepness of the top section
Any tips are appreciated