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Just wondering if there is anyone who skied the chutes off of Spruce Peak that drop down to rt 108. How technical is that terrain? Which line is the most doable? Thanks.

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Good place to get lost.  Bring someone who knows it.

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Yeah got slightly confused on Bruce's trail couple years ago. Wasn't that bad though, it ended up being easy enough to get to xc ski center. I still don't know where that narrow trail (skiers left, starts pretty high up) on Bruce's trail ends up, or what it's called.

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How technical is that terrain?


Varies from not very (but don't get lost) to extremely (big mandatory air or dangerous traverses above death).

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Stowe has about 2,000 feet vert. and is 400 acres in size. Is there large near areas

of backcountry you can get lost in?

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Stowe has about 2,000 feet vert. and is 400 acres in size. Is there large near areas

of backcountry you can get lost in?



 

 

People do it all the time (get lost that is). It might be only 400 acres in size, but it's surrounded by plenty more, and you'd be surprised how lost people can get in a small area. We've had people spend the night only 100 yards from the road without knowing it. There's also a swamp at the bottom of Spruce Peak (that I have slogged across on skis) and a river that needs crossing if you do certain runs. There is also a cliff band that's about 400 feet high in the area he is talking about. Mt Mansfield has much greater potential for getting lost though, you could ski very far from anywhere pretty quickly over there.

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Stowe has about 2,000 feet vert. and is 400 acres in size. Is there large near areas

of backcountry you can get lost in?



You're right.  It's East of the Mississippi, so you're bound to hit a strip mall somewhere.  Absolutely no forests around.

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I'm not sure if this will work, but here's a Google Earth image of the area - http://maps.google.com/?ll=44.534818,-72.793522&spn=0.078068,0.165825&t=h&z=13&vpsrc=6

 

Lots of room to get lost. Going N or NW off the Chin would be so easy to do and would suck.

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Couldn't you just wait til dark and look for the lights of the nearest big city?biggrin.gif
 

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You're right.  It's East of the Mississippi, so you're bound to hit a strip mall somewhere.  Absolutely no forests around.



 

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I'm not sure if this will work, but here's a Google Earth image of the area - http://maps.google.com/?ll=44.534818,-72.793522&spn=0.078068,0.165825&t=h&z=13&vpsrc=6

 

Lots of room to get lost. Going N or NW off the Chin would be so easy to do and would suck.



Take it easy on him.  He just found out that the size of a ski resort is different than the size of a mountain.  No need to rub his face in it.

 

 

 

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Couldn't you just wait til dark and look for the lights of the nearest big city?

 

Ha!  That's good advice.  They should post that on the AMC trailheads.

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You're right.  It's East of the Mississippi, so you're bound to hit a strip mall somewhere.  Absolutely no forests around.



Lol, that's about what I was thinking. What a lame west-centric response that was.

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Yes, you can get lost and then again you can get really lost.  I was thinking that it is easy to get lost, not as in lost over night.  Pain in the ass, lost - cliffed out, sticks up the nose, you know - a woods run that didn't quite work out - miss 4 runs f-in around in a place you don't want to be.  Fun thoughpopcorn.gif

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"He just found out that the size of a ski resort is different than the size of a mountain."

 

Are there mountains there?

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"He just found out that the size of a ski resort is different than the size of a mountain."

 

Are there mountains there?

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"He just found out that the size of a ski resort is different than the size of a mountain."

 

Are there mountains there?



Is anyone looking for advice on which off piste terrain to go ski in Summit County right now?

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Lol, that's about what I was thinking. What a lame west-centric response that was.



I'm guessing that there's a tongue pretty firmly in cheek on this one.

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Only a few diehards, however, the avy danger is somewhat high. New snow, 4 - 6" Tuesday night, a little wind. Recent slides are down to the dirt and rocks.
 

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Is anyone looking for advice on which off piste terrain to go ski in Summit County right now?



 

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Are there mountains there?



It has the word "mountain" in the name, so yes.

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"He just found out that the size of a ski resort is different than the size of a mountain."

 

Are there mountains there?



nope just 3000+ vertical hills.

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