Chief Joe, Mideast Chute

We received a nice little refresher of snow, and I’ve been wanting to get in a good chute for a while. Chief Joseph has plenty of those.

The chute is just east of the summit

The chute is just east of the summit

Boot top powder skied really well throughout

Boot top powder skied really well throughout

Fun line and great day in the mountains!

Fun line and great day in the mountains!

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Chief Joseph Loop

I gained the Chief Joseph ridge on the far far left, traversed up and over the summit, dropped into the upper chute which put me at the bottom of the lower chute, booted and skied the lower chute, then traversed the bottom to the left

I gained the Chief Joseph ridge on the far far left, traversed up and over the summit, dropped into the upper chute which put me at the bottom of the lower chute, booted and skied the lower chute, then traversed the bottom to the left. Whew, follow me?

Chief Joseph¬†doesn’t have a shortage of chutes but these two in particular have¬†been on my mind ever since I first visited this area. To make matters worse, Chief Joseph is visible from pretty much anywhere in the Joseph/Enterprise area, we have a good view of it from our house, and during the summer I get to stare at it for a good 20 minutes everyday coming home from work. To say that Joe haunts me is an understatement. The stars aligned today and I had a chance to see what these lines are all about up close.

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Chief Joseph

Emily's favorite part of backcountry skiing, bushwacking up a dry mountainside with a heavy load.

I’ve been wanting to ski Chief Joseph Mountain since the first time I visited Joseph. Chief Joseph looks over the town of Joseph and taunts me everyday I walk out the door. Conditions turned me around a couple of weeks ago, today I was determined. The early bird doesn’t get avalanched, so Emily and I were out the door at 4 AM ready to tackle one of the many chutes on The Chief. Continue reading