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Usually ski at Squaw; going to Heavenly

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Hey all:

 

I searched and searched and couldn't find info related to this specifically...

 

I usually ski at Squaw (moved to the Sacramento area 3 years ago) and consider myself a strong level 8.

As a reference I can ski confidently most of KT-22, but would rather keep my skies on the snow most of the time, so Palisades and Fingers are out of my reach. For now...

 

I was invited to Heavenly this weekend and I'm going, so I'm wondering how Mott or Killebrew Canyon compare to the terrain at Squaw, especially considering both Mott and Killebrew are listed as "double black" and KT-22 is listed as "black" only...

 

Any input greatly appreciated. I'd really hate going into one of those gates and being forced off a cliff or something...

 

Cheers

pw

post #2 of 7

Generally Squaw does not mark their terrain as double black.  If you are comfortable with West Face or Chute 75, you should not have any problems with Motts or Killerbrew (based on my recollection from skiing it a few years ago).  Of course, Heavenly people are welcome to contribute their opinion.  

post #3 of 7

You won't be forced off a cliff at Mott, not familiar with Killerbrew.

post #4 of 7
As always depends on conditions. Soft equals safer, icy equals trouble. But mott through the open gates will not have forced air especially if you stay on the well travelled cut runs. The higher numbered gates are less steep. I have not had the guts to try killibrew yet.


One of the things about this area is you can't really scope it out from the rest of the mountain, so it maintains an aura of mystery until you go for it.
post #5 of 7

I've skied Mott several times but Killebrew only once.  The way I remember it' Killebrew is similar to the harder side of Mott.  Challenging but not excessive.  The exit traverse is long (a sign up top warns sowboarders they will be unhappy) and a bit unnerving (bare rocks below when I was there).  Getting into K is uphill from the Mott lift, too.  We decided it was cool but not worth another lap, went back to Mott.  It's worth doing once, though.

 

There is a wide range of difficulty in Mott.   Far skiers left is really pretty easy.  Far, far right is beyond me.  The different "runs" are "chutes" defined mostly by trees but sometimes rocks.  My strategy was to start left and work my way right.  You have to work to stay high as you traverse off the lift to get to the intersting stuff.

post #6 of 7

oh i suppose also, in our modern age; youtube will help show you what it's all about.  happy skiing

post #7 of 7
You are ruining it for us raytseng smile.gif
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