Cutthroat Pass

Mazama, Washington

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Cutthroat Pass offers medium-scale skiing on moderate slopes accentuated by jagged peaks. A fairly easy approach and a delightful roller-coaster descent double its appeal. The actual pass lies 1.7 miles north of Cutthroat Peak. Difficulties: Moderate avalanche potential; routefinding required. Why bother, anyway? Why would anybody hike five miles (or more) to ski the equivalent of five lift-served runs? Imagine untracked snow, stunning views not available to lift-bound skiers, and the look of envy on your friends’ faces when you tell them you got face-shots of powder—in May! Use this guide and find 100 more reasons.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

Cutthroat Pass offers medium-scale skiing on moderate slopes accentuated by jagged peaks. A fairly easy approach and a delightful roller-coaster descent double its appeal. The actual pass lies 1.7 miles north of Cutthroat Peak. Difficulties: Moderate avalanche potential; routefinding required.

Why bother, anyway? Why would anybody hike five miles (or more) to ski the equivalent of five lift-served runs? Imagine untracked snow, stunning views not available to lift-bound skiers, and the look of envy on your friends’ faces when you tell them you got face-shots of powder—in May! Use this guide and find 100 more reasons.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Mazama
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 8 hours
Season: Best May to June
Trailhead Elevation: 4,855 feet
Top Elevation: 6,830 feet
Local Maps: USGS Washington Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Cutthroat Pass

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