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Beaver Creel Stone Creek Chutes

post #1 of 11
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Has anyone been to the stone creek chutes EX area at beaver creek, CO? I'm going there late January and want to know the chances of it being open by then, and just other info about the chutes. I went on one chute last year, but I want to know the best entrances/chutes to go on.
post #2 of 11
they should be open by late January. I don't remember the individual names of the chutes, they aren't on the trail map either. You'd think they would have the names of the chutes on a zoomed in part of the map in case you got injured, but no.

I prefer the lower stone creek chutes much more. If you do go on the upper chutes, they are on a double fall line that will take you to your skiers right. This happened to me and then I had to traverse the entire way out of the chutes, which sucked even more with fresh pow. So if you do hit the upper part, stick to your skiers left.

The lower part has more cliffs, like I said I don't remember that names of the chutes, but since the bottom is relatively open you should be able to make a mental note of where stuff is so that you can ski it the next time around.
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Originally Posted by skiNEwhere View Post

they should be open by late January. I don't remember the individual names of the chutes, they aren't on the trail map either. You'd think they would have the names of the chutes on a zoomed in part of the map in case you got injured, but no.

I prefer the lower stone creek chutes much more. If you do go on the upper chutes, they are on a double fall line that will take you to your skiers right. This happened to me and then I had to traverse the entire way out of the chutes, which sucked even more with fresh pow. So if you do hit the upper part, stick to your skiers left.

The lower part has more cliffs, like I said I don't remember that names of the chutes, but since the bottom is relatively open you should be able to make a mental note of where stuff is so that you can ski it the next time around.

Thanks for the info. The one chute I did last year was at an entrance halfway down ripsaw, so it would be the lower chutes. What do you mean by a double fall line?  Thanks

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by jgiblin415 View Post
 

Thanks for the info. The one chute I did last year was at an entrance halfway down ripsaw, so it would be the lower chutes. What do you mean by a double fall line?  Thanks

 

A double fall line is something of a misnomer; there's still only one "true" fall line, it's just not going in a very convenient direction.

 

Imagine standing on a trail where one side is significantly higher than the other side.  You have one "fall line" leading to the other / low side of the trail and another "fall line" leading down into the valley.  Therefore, there's a "double" fall line.

 

Depending on the angles of the two fall lines, the width of the trail, etc., double-fall-line trails can range from "downright fun" to "downright scary".

post #5 of 11

The Stone Creek area should be open by late Jan, but no guarantees.  

 

I tend to prefer the upper area, but if you are into cliff hucking, the lower area does have more opportunities.  Generally speaking, I think the upper area tends to have more sustained steeps while the lower isn't as steep except for the cliff hucking bits.  It is true that there is something of a traverse out of the upper area, but I have skied it on some good pow days and never gotten stuck.

 

While the trails may not be named on the map, there are definitely signs with names at least in the upper Shoots where the "Chance" theme" is prevalent- 1st Chance, half a chance, no chance.  

 

Best to have a buddy with you.

post #6 of 11
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Does the names of the chutes correlate do their difficulty? ie would No chance be more difficult than 2nd chance?

post #7 of 11
If you dont know what a double fall line is, best not go there.
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well, already been there once so I don't see how that correlates. You'll be fine but I agree with taking a buddy or guide

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post

If you dont know what a double fall line is, best not go there.

 

Uh, what?

 

First of all, not knowing a term isn't the same as not knowing how to ski it.


Secondly, double fall lines are present in such scary extreme areas as Duke, a blue run at Breck.

post #10 of 11

OP....FYI Stone Creek Chutes are open.

 

No point in creating another thread to ask this so I'll hijack this thread. I know there is free parking in the Bear lot, is there free parking if I park up close at Arrowhead?

post #11 of 11

Yup, there is a free skier parking at Arrowhead, just pull up to the gate and tell them you're there for the skier parking.  Short hike up to the lift from their lot.

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