Originally Posted by MTmind
I have seen peoples videos, and they say of them in a chute, when all it looks like is a huge open clearing in the middle of the glades.
Those people just don't know what they're talking about.
I go with the French origin of the word for couloir, walls on either side. I'd never considered these walls to be made of anything but rock.
I'm not convinced you can have a chute because there are trees on both sides - this would mean any time you ski between trees you are skiing a chute or couloir, and no one would agree to that.
If there's a difference between chute
, and I guess it would be a skier-developed difference, I'd agree that a chute would be straighter than a couloir, though not necessarily shorter.COULOIR/CHUTE:
steep, narrow, rock-walled, no-fall zones, that should only be attempted by skiers who are truly at the advanced and expert levels.