Report from September 13, 2022
Filmed with the Skydio 2 Drone
Yesterday we got up and into our 4th chute in our 6-chute Patagonia Chutes & Corn Project.
- [VIDEO] Skiing A Whale of a Chute in the Patagonia Backcountry on Friday
This one might be my new favorite…
Big, wide open, smooth snow, higher speeds, not too steep, no consequences.
You can rip this one pretty much wide open from top to bottom.
I’m boringly calling it ‘T Wide’.
Getting to it was a bit of a battle.
Up to the ridge, down the other side, scramble/climb through the rocks back to the ridge, down ‘T Easy’ chute a little, hit the sneak-through on the right, down into ‘T Daddy’ chute, then up the top bit of ‘T Daddy’ to the ridge again, and the start of ‘T Daddy’ allows access to ‘T Wide’ Chute.
Climbing up the top section of ‘Z Daddy’ reminded me how steep and spicy that thing can be.
I ate a few cookies, tossed back some water, threw the drone in the air, and dropped in.
The snow had a slushy crunch in the upper section for a handful of turns before morphing into high-octane corn.
I felt the transition and gained speed.
Every turn felt like the last.
Smooth, soft, splashy, clean.
While skiing it I had lucid thoughts about how this was one.
The one chute in the group that truly let you open it up for a significant amount of time.
While skiing it I already wanted to ski it again.
The lower 1/4 had some avalanche debris but it was soft enough and not steep.
I gurgled over it and blasted onto the apron below for a handful more wide-open, smooth corn sprays before hitting the creek.
We’ve got 2 more chutes to ski in this mini project and I’m not we’ll get ’em.
We have 1 more week here and the weather is looking rough…