LOL. I meant they should call it "devil's shaft"! In any case, if you can get someone to show you the way, that would be best. There's a more-open path that is a good plan; one time I went in there without realizing that there's a certain path, and I ended up bushwacking and taking 20 minutes to get out. My group was pretty concerned by then.
Toilet Bowl is fuuuuuuun. Low angle, so it's hard to get into too much trouble. Says me. The trees on the other side of the Northstar are also fun, but I think there's less of a clear path than there is in Toilet Bowl.
What happened to you is exactly what happened to me the first time going down Needle's Eye, I went to the skiers right and ended up grabbing trees and slowly letting myself down the whole run. Easily took over 30 minutes due to the length and steepness of the run. Quick question, I've skied the Zute chute on lake chutes a few times, and was wondering how the peak six extreme terrain compares to it in difficulty, and fall danger.
This (and the fact that it was in the wrong direction from where I was headed) was exactly why I didn't check out Needle's Eye when I skied by it. Never been in there; solo consequential tree skiing; running late to meet with friends. It felt like I'd be tempting fate.
So, to be honest, I've only hiked Lake Chutes once, and Peak 6 twice. There's a lot of good skiing that doesn't require hiking, and I'm a slow hiker, so I get self conscious about being in the way. I've been told that if you turn right at the top of Peak 6 (Beyond bowl), it's similar to Whale's Tail. This matched my experience yesterday. If you turn left, I've been told it's more like Lake Chutes. My one run on that side was late in the day, flat light, and again I was alone and it was the first time I'd skied that area, so I chose a seemingly safe spot in the cornice and gingerly dropped in. In Lake Chutes, I *think* the run I took was 9 Lives, but I'm not sure - it was a few years ago, when I was a much less competent steeps skier. Anyway, I'm not the best to opine on these runs - @habacomike @MastersRacer ?