Report from June 13th, 2019
Brought to you by Scott Sports
Skis Used: Scott Super Guide 105
After 4 trips staring at the scary-looking Unkown Chute off of 13,000′ Mt. Dana off Tioga Pass, CA we decided to give it a go today.
Greggy and I starting skinning at 9am from the top of Tioga Pass.
2 hours later, we were dropping into Unknown Chute.
Unknown is guarded by an enormous cornice but you can sneak around on the skier’s right.
The first turns are steep and you’re on a hanging snowfield so you don’t wanna fall nor even think about falling…
After those first steep, overhanging turns, you tuck yourself into the chute proper and underneath one of the largest cornices I’ve seen in California.
Once you hit the chute proper there are two fingers of rock that split the chute into 3 small passages.
I chose the far skier’s left passage – Greggy chose the far skier’s right.
After the tight passage next to the rock fingers, the chute opens and you can rip a few turns on interesting spine-platforms that have formed from large amounts of sluff and snow/ice debris that had previously come down.
At this point my sluff was freight-training down the chute and into a large sluff-runnel in the middle of the chute.
This was the larges sluff-runnel I’ve seen as it was 4′ deep in spots.
A handful more steep, fun turns brought me to a decision: Cross the deep sluff-runnel and get to the slightly better skiing on the other side or stay on the side I was on and ski what there was.
I decided to cross and it was spicy.
A bit of speed, an ollie, and bang! I was on the other side and splashing snow of the rock wall on my right.
After exiting the chute I cut left to get out of the way of anything else that came down and ripped big open turns on the apron below the chute.
This was one of the spiciest and fun-est runs of my season.
From there we crossed the Dana Plateau and dropped into the very steep and spicy eastern Powerhouse Chute.
It skied great and so did the lower gully down into the creek and the glorious tongue of snow that has been delivering us to our stashed car at the Poole Power Plant the past 4 trips out here.
Except this time, the tongue wasn’t glorious…
It has melted out badly since we were last there 2 days ago.
We did some truly technical bushwhacking and after 40-minutes arrived back at our car.
Today was just simply too fun and it felt great to ski all three of the well-known Mt. Dana couloirs in the past week or so: Dana Couloir, Solstice Couloir, and Unknown Chute.