The J Chute

The J Chute

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This avalanche chute has a pitch in the lower 40s. It slid big in early spring 2014 and numerous times in the past. Masontown was destroyed by a series of avalanches here. If you triggered a slide you would be caught in a bad terrain trap and swept through trees. The skier's right side in the small trees has more consistent snow because it's more sheltered from the sun but it still shouldn't be considered safe. The slide usually triggers from the skier's left side of the chute where it's more open.

Maps

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Trailheads

Zach's Stop

Also known as the Rainbow Lake Trailhead, Zach's Stop is a small parking lot on the other side of the bike path.

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J Chute

The J Chute

The J Chute Lower

Lower Section of the J

Videos

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Day in the J by Braden Litke: 04/04/2017

J Chute by POVPowder: 11/16/2014

J line by Mark Moran: 05/15/2014

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B.K.
B.K.
2 years ago

how about we show some common sense and stop skiing down or across the skin track anywhere above royal? thanks.

H. Pronger
H. Pronger
2 years ago
Reply to  B.K.

Nope, this is USFS – managed public land and the J Chute is a classic line that we’ve been riding for decades. If you aren’t comfortable on the Mt. Royal Trail where it crosses the J, maybe it’s time you find a different route. This is all class 2 avalanche terrain, and much of Mount Victoria and Royals’ north and west sides are class 3. Anyone who chooses to travel upon any existing trails in this area should be aware and understand they are taking risks just by being in that area, regardless of where anyone rides on these lands.

B.K.
B.K.
2 years ago
Reply to  H. Pronger

What I meant is the people who cut downhill turns across the skin track going up victoria above where the trail splits off between royal and victoria and the climb gets steep. Downhill skiing on the skin track and ruining it for everyone is selfish and kind of sad.