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Baldy Chutes, Alta, Utah.

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I went on a trip out west from maryland to Utah this year, and my family and I toured the mountains. We stayed at Solitude, our favorite of the resorts, and stayed there for mist of the time, but went to Alta and Brighton as well. Alta had something more though. I noticed while I was there about Baldy chutes. Has anyone ever done it? If so, how was it? hard, icy, bumpy, fun? I am pretty expeienced. I did the side country of brighton with little trouble.

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the best time to do baldy chutes is when Alta isnt open. Other than that generally its a fun chute but tends to be bumped and icey whens its 'open"

 

a 45 minute hike to ski a bumped/icey chute is kinda of lame. it is only a 15 minutes from snowbird though.

 

the hike/traverse at snowbird is generally alot less tracked, alot of times not tracked at all and the snow stays better.

 

 

 

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the best time to do baldy chutes is when Alta isnt open. Other than that generally its a fun chute but tends to be bumped and icey whens its 'open"

 

a 45 minute hike to ski a bumped/icey chute is kinda of lame. it is only a 15 minutes from snowbird though.

 

the hike/traverse at snowbird is generally alot less tracked, alot of times not tracked at all and the snow stays better.

 

 

 

So after mid april?
 

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I am not an SLC local, but have been skiing Alta a few times a year for a long time.  From my experience, the Baldy Chutes are not open very often.  Because they empty onto area runs they are bombed and slide on a regular basis. When I have seen them open, they are usually a hard smooth slide bed surface. Carvable, but a no fall zone.  I have only seen them open with powder on them a few times, but the conditions have to be just right for that to happen.  I don't think they generally open them until later in the season, so your best chance of skiing them is in the spring. 

 

The main "Baldy Chute" seems to get about 90% of the skiing.  Because of the cornice build up on the top, the drop in can be rather hairy, but the chute itself is a consistent pitch that I would estimate at about 45 degrees.  I have never seen it with bumps in it, and if it was icy I doubt if the patrol would open it.  If you fall you come sliding or cartwheeling out the bottom over the Ballroom traverse, so they do not open the Chutes unless the conditions are favorable.

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Ok, thankyou everybody! I go during spring break, because I am in highschool, so it is the perfect time. I would hire a guide to take us up though, because I have never hiked to a side country run. However, I have traversed in Honeycomb canyon to the double black at the end. That was fun... Thanks again!

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Ok, thankyou everybody! I go during spring break, because I am in highschool, so it is the perfect time. I would hire a guide to take us up though, because I have never hiked to a side country run. However, I have traversed in Honeycomb canyon to the double black at the end. That was fun... Thanks again!


no need for a guide. Baldy chutes are not sidecountry, they are avy controled and inbounds. The hike is obvious and if your not a total tool I bet someone will show you and go with you. Just ask prior to the hike and not on the hike itself.

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no need for a guide. Baldy chutes are not sidecountry, they are avy controled and inbounds. The hike is obvious and if your not a total tool I bet someone will show you and go with you. Just ask prior to the hike and not on the hike itself.


I agree. The hike time to the top varies depending on the snow conditions and your fitness, but should be somewhere in the half hour range. The Dog Leg Chute and some of the other drop ins off the top should be avoided, unless you really know what you are doing, but if you ask someone at the start of the hike if they are going to the Baldy Chute, and tell them you would like to follow, you should not have a problem. Curtesy dictates that you wait until they have pretty much cleared the bottom of the Chute before you start skiing.  If you fall, you do not want to be "bowling for skiers."

 

Another option is to hike to and ski the Baldy Shoulder from the top of the Wildcat Chair.  This is another obvious hike/ski that is inbounds, and can give you some steep untracked. You also may want to check out the Devil's Castle area, which is a short hike followed by a long ski/sidestep out to some fairly steep untracked that funnels back to a lift.  There is also some hiking and traversing that will get you some less used terrain off the top of the Supreme Lift.  A little bit of effort at Alta will greatly increase the skiable terrain.  I like the short climb up the Yellow Trail to the ridge line, you can ski the other side, or cut back to the traverse/climb to Gun Sight.  If you want a little adventure, find your way to Eddie's High Nowhere, IMO one of the best consistent pitches at Alta. 

 

Lots of options, but in the spring the sun can change the snow from bad to good and back to bad again quickly. Alta has skiable terrain on 360 degrees of aspects, so if it is sunny and warm keep in mind how the sun may be cooking things, and you'll have a much better chance of finding the goods.
 

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That is what I meant, not hire a guide. Last time i was at alta, the hie was obvious, but my dad met someone on the lift who skis it all the time, and offered to guide us along on our first time. I did not mean hire a guide, but find someone who would accompany us and who has experience with the run and hike.

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The main "Baldy Chute" seems to get about 90% of the skiing.  Because of the cornice build up on the top, the drop in can be rather hairy...



When I skiied Main Chute a few years back the cornice got smaller and smaller the further skier's left you went.  It started out at around 15 feet high far right but there were plenty of places further left that you could slide in without any problem.  I'm not completely sure but I think they blast the cornice since having it break off would cause lots of trouble for those under it on Ballroom.

 

Main Chute didn't seem any more difficult than the some of the other easier to get to runs at Alta like Yellow Trail, Gunsight or Eddie's High Nowhere.  It just requires more work to get to.  Compared to some of the obvious runs in Honeycomb Canyon at Solitude, Main Chute is steeper, longer and narrower.  However, it's not that long and not that narrow.  If you fall in the middle of it you'll probably slide and/or tumble down most of the chute in plain view of the chairlift but other that a bruised ego you shouldn't be hurt.  If you're comfortable skiing Yellow Trail you'll probably be fine on Main Chute.

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Thanks. I did not get around to yellow trail, but will most likely try baldy chutes. Thanks again!

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