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Run: Climax (Double Black)
View from Main Lodge of Paranoid Flats, Philippe's and Kiwi Flats
The upper terrain at Mammoth Mountain off of the Gondola and chair lift 23 is some of the most challenging terrain at the resort. It is very steep and should only be attempted by the most advanced skiers. This terrain is all rated "Double Black Diamond".
Runs: Skyline to Paranoid Flats, Philippe's and Kiwi Flats (double black diamond)
From the top of chair lift 23 take a right and follow the ridge line. There will be a point where you will want to gain some speed to make your way up hill without a climb. At this ridge peak, one can cruise the ridge line to drop in on Paranoid Flats.
Stay left to find the entrance to rock lined Philippe's
Run: Entrance to Philippe's
Trail map of the upper terrain of Dropout chutes, Wipeout chutes, Skyline, Paranoid Flats and Philippe's Couloir
While the trail map shows Kiwi Flat and Star Chute (also known as Frenchies nicknamed after the challenging line skied by French extreme skier Guerlain Chicherit), there is rarely a simple way in (requires a hike around the rocks) and it is rarely skiable unless hucking a 10 foot drop is your definition of skiable. It is much more friendly on a good snow year which can cover the rocks and fill in the drop at the top. It was skied during the 2000 Gravity Games and the 2002 IFSA Freeride North American Tour.
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