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Old 02-21-2013, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Most Difficult Resort Trails You've Been On

I was at Killington last weekend and rode "Ovation" which was pretty steep and gave me some trouble, especially because it was a sheet of ice. The trail next to it, "Superstar" seemed to have a similar pitch but I was able to ride that pretty aggressively because it actually had snow on it.


What are some of the hardest trails you guys have ridden? I usually ride in PA (Poconos) and I think I'm going to have to start heading North or West to really challenge myself. It would be cool to read about some gnarly trails for the next time I'm traveling
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Well, I guess the hardest one I've ridden was a double black called flippers at bridger bowl. It is two steep chutes going downwards diagonally, and at the bottom of each chute is a cliff. Then both of them just head down into a steep open area. My funniest story snowboarding is the first time I took this run, and I was with a buddy, and I was going through and didn't see a 3 foot cliff. I fell off of it, lost my balance, and fell over, and then rolled down the entire rest of the run. Best part? The entire run is directly under the lift. lols.
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1) The "ultimate steeps" at Lake Louise, although they're generally wide open so not so hard. Broke my 45 deg virginity on them though!

2) Corner pocket at Fernie... It's rated as a double black chute. About 10 ft wide and 40 feet long, but it opens up into the greatest run ever! Big wide and powder!

3) An unnamed run at Whistler, it's about half way up the hill, ended up in some medium tightness glades and found myself on top of an ice waterfall! For one of the first times I actually got a little scared standing on top of this thing! Made my way down but it was an eye opener.

I actually find steep icy moguls more difficult than any of the above though. The 3 runs above all had/have powder on them. If they were icy I would not attempt.
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Most of my hardest runs have been more due to bad conditions than terrain. Like last year I had some awful runs at Winter Park at Vazquez Ridge off the Eagle Park lift. The ground cover was so awful there were literally patches of fucking dirt all over and when it wasn't dirt it was solid ice. It was like riding through a mine field.
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Tuckerman for sure. There's a ridiculously difficult run at Verbier, forgot its name. Coulouir and Spanky's Ladder at Blackcomb can be pretty intense too. But Tuckerman for me takes the cake.
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Tuckerman for sure. There's a ridiculously difficult run at Verbier, forgot its name. Coulouir and Spanky's Ladder at Blackcomb can be pretty intense too. But Tuckerman for me takes the cake.
Man I want to do Tuck's this year. Is it a difficult hike?
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I hear it's 2-3 hours. They sell tickets now so you can take the monorail, train or something up and you cam bring your board now.
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Man I want to do Tuck's this year. Is it a difficult hike?
Shouldn't be too hard if you're in good shape and keep your pack weight down, so load on protein bars and leave the brewski out. And watch out for avalanche reports, with the storms we've been getting I would imagine the danger must be high now and will be for some time.
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Shouldn't be too hard if you're in good shape and keep your pack weight down, so load on protein bars and leave the brewski out. And watch out for avalanche reports, with the storms we've been getting I would imagine the danger must be high now and will be for some time.
I've heard horror stories, which is why I haven't bothered ever going. It seems like every year I have friends who make the hike and now that I have the itch to go noone's going. I'd like to hook up with an experience crew. Even if I stick to the mellower parts, just to go for the experience would be worth it.
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