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Are the snowfields and back-side snowfields hard?

post #1 of 14
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Please compare them to Killington runs as that is the only place i have been to in the east.

I have been there twice for March break and would want to change the destination. I am a expert skiier and enjoy a challenge.

post #2 of 14

Mt Washington?  Maybe a little steeper than Dipper, skier's right of the Canyon Chair.  Not hard at all.  And you can drive to them on the toll road later in the season.

post #3 of 14

If you are talking about Sugarloaf no they are not really any harder than most of the steepest stuff at Killington. Just remember if you are doing the back side keep working your way to the left.

post #4 of 14
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sugarloaf

post #5 of 14

There are a couple of nice pitches depending on which route you take, there are many. None that you shouldn't be able to handle.

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

I'm only 12 but i can handle anything at Killington and pico.

post #7 of 14

I'm not a frequent Sugarloaf visitor by any means...  I've probably been there about a dozen times over the years, usually in March.  Of all the times I've been there, the snowfields have been open once.  Maybe I just have bad timing..  I'd love to hit the back-side stuff at some point.

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

You must have sadly had come at the wrong time.
The majority of the Snowfields are open even today in mid-April.

post #9 of 14

The snowfields have some steep pitches. I would guess that the steepest are something comparable to Ovation. I have skied the snowfields a number of times but none have been when it is real icy. This time of year, with the soft snow, they are the least challenging.

post #10 of 14

The pitches are mostly mid 30s measured in degrees.  There are some places where you could make two or three or four turns up in the 40s.  Some areas are wide open, some you have to negotiate tight lines through rocks, some little trees.  I would say there's nothing less than dark-black advanced terrain but you can make it easier or harder depending on what line you pick.  If you go in from the side instead of the very top, you can avoid lines where you have to negotiate rocks.  If you stay in the open area, you can throw in some longer traverses and turn where it's convenient to make it easier.  Generally the further to skiers left you go, the steeper it gets and the more you have to negotiate rocks.  Patrol will never open it unless the snow is soft so you would never be there when its a sheet of ice (like some Kmart runs).  There's about 500-600' of vert depending on which line you ski.  From the radio tower and heading toward skiers left is the longest line.

 

Side-view of the big open field--

Snowfields side view

 

 

From the radio tower looking right, if you start where those people are instead of hiking up to the tower, you can avoid negotiating some rocks--

 

From the radio tower looking right

 

 

From the same spot looking left.  Right in between the shot above and the shot below are some lines through the rocks--

 

From the radio tower lookng left

 

 

One of the sections with stubby little trees.  Pretty easy to negotiating these--

 

fairly open area with some stubby trees

 

I don't have any picks of the hardest spots where you have to make a few turns through rocks with steeper pitches up maybe to about 40*.  My camera was in my pocket and didn't come out when I was enjoying the skiing.  You can get through without skiing those spots if you want to stay where it's open.

 

All these pix are from 4/9/2011.  The cover was pretty darn good and the snow was great. 

 

Oh, if you can ski the hardest trails at K-mart, you can handle the backside.  It's would likely be easier than the hardest trails, like lower Ovation. As I said above, you can pick your line and don't have to ski the hardest parts if you don't want to.

 

-l2t

 


Edited by learn2turn - 4/12/11 at 6:01am
post #11 of 14

Remember that you have an entire mountain to traverse if something goes wrong... there's no trees.

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much for the info guys- they don't look too hard. How about Bracket Basin, is it hard?

post #13 of 14

What is open this year for Brackett Basin, as far as I could find and I went as far skiers right as you could go up to the "ski area boundary" sign, is pretty much an extension of the Can't Dog glade.  It's wonderfully fun and there is a huge choice of lines.  If you pick the right line, it's no steeper than blue pitch and pretty open so it skis very easily.  Most of it is very open by east-coast glade standards.  There's plenty of room. There are some steeper spots and a few little cliffs so you can pick challenging lines if you want.  Even with the trees, it skis easier than the backside.

 

It looks like they started some thinning further to skiers right but this area is outside the sides.  Maybe next year there will be more.

 

The lower part of Phase I, below the loading for the King Pine trial is flat flat flat.  Don't bother if the snow is sticky,  you won't even move.

 

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Originally Posted by learn2turn View Post

What is open this year for Brackett Basin, as far as I could find and I went as far skiers right as you could go up to the "ski area boundary" sign, is pretty much an extension of the Can't Dog glade.  It's wonderfully fun and there is a huge choice of lines.  If you pick the right line, it's no steeper than blue pitch and pretty open so it skis very easily.  Most of it is very open by east-coast glade standards.  There's plenty of room. There are some steeper spots and a few little cliffs so you can pick challenging lines if you want.  Even with the trees, it skis easier than the backside.

 

It looks like they started some thinning further to skiers right but this area is outside the sides.  Maybe next year there will be more.

 

The lower part of Phase I, below the loading for the King Pine trial is flat flat flat.  Don't bother if the snow is sticky,  you won't even move.

 



Does Phase 2 and Phase 3 look a lot steeper?

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