*All Photos courtesy of Mt. Rose

Calling all expert skiers and snowboarders! Are you ready to challenge yourself on some of the most exhilarating terrain in North America? Then look no further than the infamous Chutes at Mt. Rose and their annual Steep 16 challenge.

The Thrill of The Chutes at Mt. Rose

Mt. Rose Junior free ride competition in the chutes

Tucked away just outside of downtown Reno, Mt. Rose is a hidden gem and The Chutes are an expert skier and snowboarder’s dream. Offering a total of 16 designated chutes spread over 200 acres, these aren’t your average runs. With north-facing slopes boasting pitches of 40-55 degrees and a sustained vertical exceeding 1,000 feet, the Chutes are renowned for their expert-level terrain.

Join the Annual Steep 16 Challenge

If you’re looking to push your limits and experience the ultimate test of skill, consider participating in Mt. Rose’s yearly Steep 16 challenge. Taking place Saturday April, 6 this public competition encourages skiers and snowboarders to tackle as many chutes as they can in a single day. 16 may not seem like a big number, but in the case of The Chutes, it definitely is. When you factor in the degree of difficulty over the sustained vertical skiing and riding 40-55 degrees for 1000 feet is a lot. Your quads will burn just thinking about it.

How to Participate in the Steep 16 Challenge

In the Chutes at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe.

The Steep 16 Challenge at Mt. Rose is open to individuals and two-person teams. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign Up: The Steep 16 is this Saturday April, 6.
  2. Grab Your Chutes Card: At the beginning of the competition day, head to the Chuter chair unload to pick up your Chutes Challenge Card.
  3. Shred the Chutes: Ski or snowboard at least six chutes and get them validated by a Mt. Rose employee at the Chuter chair unload. Each validated chute gets marked off your card.
  4. Claim Your Prize: Conquer six chutes and receive a commemorative t-shirt!

Become a Chutes Beast

Mt Rose chutes 2021

Six Chutes may get you a t-shirt but that’s only the beginning. For the ultimate bragging rights, aim to ski or snowboard all 16 chutes in a single day. If you accomplish this epic feat, you’ll be crowned a true “Chutes Beast” and receive a coveted Chutes Beast sticker.

Always Remember, Safety First

Getting this badge of honor is a worthy accomplishment. However, it is important to keep in mind that The Chutes are designed for expert skiers and snowboarders only. The terrain is challenging and requires a high level of skill, athleticism and confidence. Always ski or snowboard within your limits and remember, safety is paramount. The good news is that the Chutes are closely monitored by Ski Patrol and avalanche mitigated for your safety. But, if you’re not ready that’s fine. There is always next year.

Ready to Test Your Skills?

Mt. Rose Junior free ride competition in the chutes

If you’re an advanced or expert skier or snowboarder seeking street cred, then The Chutes at Mt. Rose are calling your name. This Saturday’s Steep 16 challenge is an opportunity for you to put your skills and fitness to the test. If you’ve been you know what you are in for. Six and a t-shirt is definitely attainable and who knows, this might be the year where you become the next Chutes Beast!

About the Author

Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après. He is also the co-host of the Beyond the Après podcast. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  @allaboutapres

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