Yesterday I had a great adventure on Crested Butte’s namesake peak. A really great line that combines two of my favorite things: mixed climbing and steep skiing.


Crested Butte’s namesake is more than just closed boundary resort skiing. It’s also home to 5 backcountry chutes known locally as the Terminator Chutes. Accessed the old fashioned way by climbing some harder-than-it-looks mixed climbing, each of the chutes offers some great steep skiing.

This video features a day out on Terminator 4: the fourth chute counting from the climbers left. The mixed crux, a shallow left facing corner in the center of the chute, is the best protected of the three options for ascending an ice free T4. 2″-3″ cams protect the 10m rock section, before moderate ice and snow leads to a fixed belay (somewhat jingus) 60m from the base of the chute. From here a beautiful steep walled couloir of up to 50 degrees of ice and or snow is accessed.

Terminator 4SW Face of Mt. Crested Butte, the arrow marks Terminator 4

Crested Butte Mountain Resort has a very strict closed boundary policy, so a top down descent is currently forbidden. How rad would it be if CBMR would allow the local guiding community to equip these couloirs for technical off-piste descents?