Hangman’s (Mammoth Mountain, CA)
This steep hourglass chute is Mammoth’s answer to Corbet’s Couloir. Located front and center in Mammoth’s famed Palisades zone beneath the gondola, Hangman’s changes greatly with the conditions. When the snow is soft and the couloir is full, it can be very approachable. With a relatively easy entrance before a small rock choke, the chute opens up quickly and it’s nothing but glory powder for the rest of the run. If the wind has been blowing or the snow levels are low, it gets substantially trickier — the cornice requires air and the rock choke narrows, elevating the consequences of a crash on the upper turns from bad to awful.
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