Stuff I've skied around here tops out in the 40s, probably only one run in the state with consistent footage over 40 (barely). That would be WhoopDeDoo at Sugar. Extrovert at Blue Knob is probably also in the 40s.
This blog says it's high 40s, but I digress. It isn't as steep as the West Basin at Taos or Steeplechase at Highlands. Pretty good for around here though. I'm not looking for anything more challenging than high 40s these days, except for maybe 100 feet or so hahaha..
2. Fill in the Blank: The steepest terrain in the southeast is found at _________ and _________.
A: Sugar Mountain Resort and Snowshoe Mountain Resort
North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain tops out at 5,300 feet and has a total vertical drop of 1,200 vertical feet, one of the longest cumulative drops of any resort in the Southeast. But vertical drop alone doesn’t belie a slope’s steepness. For that, you have to look at the slope’s actual grade or pitch. That’s where Sugar shines, with three black diamond runs beginning a mile high in elevation with pitches greater than 40 percent. Both Boulderdash and Whoopdedoo have the steepest stretches of skiable terrain on the mountain with pitches that max out at 48 percent, and Tom Terrific comes in a close second with a 45 percent stretch.
To put this in perspective, at most Western resorts, slopes are given black diamond status when they begin to tip 40 percent in grade, which puts all three of Sugar’s expert-only slopes squarely in legitimate black diamond territory. The slopes are so steep, Sugar has to hook their snow cats up to winches in order to groom the most vertical pitches.
“Boulderdash and Whoopdedoo are both straight fall line slopes,” says Kim Jochl, a former member of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team who now runs the marketing program at Sugar. “They don’t curve around the mountain, they go straight down it.”
Snowshoe Mountain, in West Virginia, has a few different slopes that measure in the low 40s, but their toughest run, Lower Shay’s Revenge, has been measured at a 53 percent pitch, making it the single steepest run in our region. For a bit of comparison, consider Tuckerman Ravine, a ski mecca in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that’s famous for its sustained steep pitches of 55 degrees.