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post #61 of 84

post #62 of 84

Maybe not that unusaul but love skiing fast on the Lauberhorn DH Course from the Grindelwald side to the Wengen side of the hill...need to do it early before the crowds get to the humcha...of course it is still hard snow early on that side of the mountain. 

 

Eiger in background doesn't hurt either.

 

Here is Fuez doing it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCj71pVCMMU

 

Go there each year to take that run about 6 times a year.

post #63 of 84

My most unusual is the "Waterfall" at Bogus Basin.  It is short, narrow and steep.  And, it is on a waterfall that freezes over in the winter.  It is north facing, so the snow stays good most of the time.  The other tricky part of this is the exit.  it is another short steep drop onto a flat compression of an unmaintained cat track.  It isn't death defying, and it doesn't rival some of the steeps at the bigger more famous resorts, but it is technical and a little tricky.  Here is a video of the run.

post #64 of 84

I think this falls in the category of weird trails, at least for me here in the north west.

 

Glade trail at timberline ski area is the old trail for the bus tramway that once ran from government camp to timberline lodge. I forget when it was but someone installed a tram way that used fixed cables and a bus (like a greyhound) that literalyy drove itself up the cables using the engine in the bus. It took as long to ride the bus (or loonger depending on the load) than drive up to the lodge so needless to say it did not operate very long.

 

The trail left from the tram is about 6 miles long and no grooming, just a cut out space in the trees that you follow down. I've run it a few times over the years, once in govy you hike to the timberline road and hang out a thumb, a ride up is usually not long to wait for.

post #65 of 84
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Originally Posted by JSLincks View Post

I've had the good fortune of skiing in Europe twice, once in Chamonix France and once in Zermatt Switzerland for a week.

In Zermatt you ski around the Matterhorn which in itself is unusual but I have something else to share which blew my mind

at the time. Looking up from the town of Zermatt there are three distinct areas. The one to the far left is called Gornergrat.

We were made aware of two ways to access the slopes from Gornergrat, either by a cog train which leaves from town

and rides up close to the summit or by 2 or 3 chair lifts to do the same.

A friend and I took the cog train overland one morning, to our playground that day. After skiing most of the higher

altitude terrain we decided to take an easier trail far skiers right winding back down to the base. I enjoy those trails which

travel along the ski area boundry as they tend to have that "away from it all" feeling. This one was no exception. The

trail narrowed towards the bottom and we found ourselves in a quiet wooded runout. All of a sudden we come across

two stainless steel sliding doors surrounded by a concrete facade about 8 feet high ... IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WOODS!

A couple of local skiers showed up shortly thereafter and from questioning we find out that these are the elevators which

take you DOWN underground to the Vernicular. We say the Vernick WHAT?

We take the elevator down, I'm not sure how many floors or feet, to a hallway. The hallway I seem to remember is a couple

hundred feet, leading to an underground train. The train is set at an angle which I remember as steeper than conventional

stairs. This was easy to determine as the very steep stairs ran up both sides of the train. The train was rather narrow.

Each car fit two skiers, I wish I could remember how many compartments there were, but I did not count. We climbed up a

way and took our seats. In a couple of minutes the doors closed and the train ran up to the summit UNDERGROUND.

Definitely a cog type of train.

I'm thinking that elevators alone in the middle of the woods along a ski trail fits the criteria as unusual.


Wow! That must be great!

post #66 of 84
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

 

When you think about how narrow Goat currently is, and then you think about how much narrower "original" Goat was, and then you realize that they were doing this with leather boots and wooden skis...  eek.gif  Those guys had some mad skills!

 

or just maybe, didn't make it to High School roflmao.gif

post #67 of 84
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Originally Posted by skejunky View Post

I think this falls in the category of weird trails, at least for me here in the north west.

 

Glade trail at timberline ski area is the old trail for the bus tramway that once ran from government camp to timberline lodge. I forget when it was but someone installed a tram way that used fixed cables and a bus (like a greyhound) that literalyy drove itself up the cables using the engine in the bus. It took as long to ride the bus (or loonger depending on the load) than drive up to the lodge so needless to say it did not operate very long.

 

The trail left from the tram is about 6 miles long and no grooming, just a cut out space in the trees that you follow down. I've run it a few times over the years, once in govy you hike to the timberline road and hang out a thumb, a ride up is usually not long to wait for.


post #68 of 84

Most unusual I've skied in a while is Upper Darby at Gore.  When I first got on it, I thought, wow this is a lot like Rumble or GoaT...for about 2 turns; then it takes a 90 degree left turn and you traverse out of it.  Big disappointment.

 

Also at Gore, Steilhang.  Upper Steilhang is a pleasant, scenic rolling blue trail.  About halfway down, it turns into Goat/Rumble for about 4 turns and then returns to a blue runout.  It is marked as such on the trail map, but I've seen many low intermediates get to the "Steilhang" and hike back uphill to get to the escape route.


Edited by bjohansson - 12/24/12 at 1:17pm
post #69 of 84
Thread Starter 

Thanks bjohansson. Last time I skied Lower Steilhang was in the early 80's.

Not sure about Upper Darby. Skied Gore two years ago during that powerful snow winter,

but spent time exploring the glades.

This year I'll make it to those two.

post #70 of 84

MIght as well throw these two out there-

 

St. George and Southern Cross on Eagles Nest Mountain at Whitecap Mountains, Wisconsin.  When skiing that area, you'd swear you were someplace a lot rockier than Wisconsin.  Both are rated as double black and it's quite earned, albeit only a few hundred vertical.  Lots of rocks and small drops, and such isolation- both the resort as well as that particular hill of the three.  Pretty unique if you ask me.

 

I'd also throw out the Happy Glade at Holiday Valley, NY.  It's fun little spruce forest with glading and small moguls.  One of the few spruce areas on the whole mountain and it's a lot of fun.

post #71 of 84

Hot Wheels Gully at Alpine Meadows.  Easy intermediate pitch but very narrow deep stream course heavily bumped.  Much easier to ski if you're less than 10 years old.

post #72 of 84
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Hot Wheels Gully at Alpine Meadows.  Easy intermediate pitch but very narrow deep stream course heavily bumped.  Much easier to ski if you're less than 10 years old.

 

I have a recent photo of Hot Wheels Gully and will look for it.  You are absolutely correct with the comment about its suitability for nimble 10 year oldsROTF.gif

 

Since I last posted in this thread I made a fun trip and have some new nominations.  From the perspective of an Easterner I thought the following slopes were unusual and fun.  They are very doable by low expert/single black diamond skiers (like myself) and all within bounds, routine stuff for locals.

 

Backside of Mt. Bachelor, OR is 1500 acres of OTHERWORLDLY, the look and scale of the skiing is pretty awesome.

 

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Silver Belt trail at Sugar Bowl, CA is not only distinctive because it's a deep, winding gulch surrounded by impressive rocks and steeps, but also has a fascinating history as the venue for the world class Silver Belt Race Competitions from 1940 to 1975.  Upper center in picture below:

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The Notch and Notch Chute at Kirkwood, CA is a fun run that cuts through the huge Sisters rock formation at the top of The Wall then feeds into a snowy chute and eventually drains all the way to the base area for ~2000' vertical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #73 of 84

Yep--Silver Belt. Forgot about that one. Adult version of hot wheels.

post #74 of 84

Didn't read through the entire thread but has anyone mentioned Powder Country at Powder Mountain?

 

The run its self is more of an area and isn't all that unusal, though it does have some very steep areas, until you get to the bottom. Upon reaching the bottom you must ski along a road until you find the collection point where a bus comes and picks you up to return you to the top of the ski area.

 

Also powder mountain has a weird parking lot as it's at the top of the mountain. So you put your skiis on and then have to ski down to the first lift. The whole area in general is unusual.

post #75 of 84
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Hadn't seen this video till now. It's absolutely hypnotic.

post #76 of 84

"Walk a Lot" at Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory).

post #77 of 84

How about this at Mammoth?

technically, it's not a trail since it's off the backside, but it has a name and it's a regular run. Bud Heishman always talks about this.

 

Hole in the Wall:

 

MountainYahoos                                                        http://youtu.be/qMCetrSH0p0?

 

 

 

Also, for sheer width, Big Burn at Snowmass. It is  W   i    d    e  !!

Here in this video, you can't see the edges of it. The trees come up fast! You do not realize how fast you're going till you get near one.

 

TrekClimbSki                                                                                                                           http://youtu.be/XALuFheSaWk
 

And this guy has written songs for the guitar about Snowmass.

Here's Big Burn: 

 

 guitar2adam                                                                                                                             http://youtu.be/V_fO0glbtUc

post #78 of 84

Conifers of Gnarnia/Kill the banker. (revelstoke) Never seen a pillow zone like that inbounds anywhere.

 

 

 

 

Here is a video of the run. Keep in mind that there is 2k vert above and 1.5k vert below what is skied in this video. to give you the total top to bottom of revy.

post #79 of 84

Nice skiing, surfacehoar. Are you a Revy local?
 

post #80 of 84

love that trail!! Was just at Gore and finally got to ski The Rumor with snow on it!! Real Snow epiclly steep trail with optional bumps and glades entranve I love Gore mt. for NY skiing
 

post #81 of 84

that was one of the "realest" vids ever epic stuff man nice rippin!!

post #82 of 84

Le Massif, back when it was guided only - Jean Chouinard took a group of us journalists/ski club reps on a tour of the mountain - don't know what the name of the trail was, but it was adventurous, and highly unusual in the sense that all the skiing I'd done to that time (with the exception of the trail connecting Spruce with Madonna over Sterling Pond -- http://snowsportsna.com/articles/smugglersnotch11.cfm) was from the top terminal of a lift to the bottom of one.

post #83 of 84
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

Hot Wheels Gully at Alpine Meadows.  Easy intermediate pitch but very narrow deep stream course heavily bumped.  Much easier to ski if you're less than 10 years old.

 

I was going to say the same.  Hot Wheels Gully is so much fun, kind of like skiing down an over-sized luge track.  On a deep powder day it can be pretty amazing.  I'll have to post a POV after this Friday.

post #84 of 84

How about a tunnel?

From "Skiing the Planet" blog: http://planetskier.blogspot.com/                                Jan 7, 2013

 

Alpes D'Huez, France

Le Tunnel

blog90_tunnel1.jpg

Jari Arkko and Jarmo Ruuth

 

Video:

The Planet Skier                                                                http://vimeo.com/57627624#at=0

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