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LSG's and Fall Lines: Snowbasin v. Jackson Hole v. Big Sky?

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My favorite mountain is Snowbasin, looong groomers and un-groomed.

 

How similar (or not) are JH and BS to SB's terrain?

 

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by socal » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:01 pm

Never been to Big Sky so I can't comment but I would say Jackson is really not like Snowbasin at all. There's nice intermediate groomers on Apre Vous (Casper lift) that are great but nothing I'd call steep. The rest of the lower mountain, in my mind, has very little in the way of groomers and candidly not a lot of real fun stuff to ski. The upper mountain has it's nice bowls and some nice short shots like Bivouac and if they groom Cheyenne bowl. Amphitheater is a nice run but not steep and Laramie bowl has some nice decently steep groomers.

I can't imagine going to Jackson looking for strictly groomers.
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I"ve done 4 days at Snowbasin and 2 at Big Sky, so my experience is limited.  That said, I'd opine that Big Sky is kinda like Snowbasin with one notable difference.  There are lots of long, fairly steep groomers and some companion runs that are left natural.  But at Big Sky, the truly "extreme" or steep expert runs are all clustered off the top of the tram.  Unlike SB, where you could arrive at the top of a lift and have a choice, the groomers and the steep ungroomed tend to be clustered together. If you take the tram at BS, you're committed.

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I"ve done 4 days at Snowbasin and 2 at Big Sky, so my experience is limited.  That said, I'd opine that Big Sky is kinda like Snowbasin with one notable difference.  There are lots of long, fairly steep groomers and some companion runs that are left natural.  But at Big Sky, the truly "extreme" or steep expert runs are all clustered off the top of the tram.  Unlike SB, where you could arrive at the top of a lift and have a choice, the groomers and the steep ungroomed tend to be clustered together. If you take the tram at BS, you're committed.

Never been to SB, but familiar with both BS and JH.  Even off the tram at BS, Liberty Bowl, Marx and Lenin are definitely doable for mere mortals.  Same thing at JH, where RV bowl is a less steep and shorter version of Liberty Bowl.  JH has tons of LSGs, like Slalom, Werner, Moran, Sleeping Indian, Grand and Gannett.  There are some off of all the lifts, except for the Tram.  At BS, the terrain is more selective, in the sense that LSGs are essentially confined to Andesite Mountain, the longer ones being on the back side (Elk Park Ridge, etc...).   There is also some pretty gnarly terrain off of the Challenger and Dakota chairs at BS.  The tram at BS is by no means the only lift that accesses difficult runs.

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Coming from snowbasin, JAckson is similar in terms of snow conditions, aspect, and the variety of terrain. Jackson has more expert stuff, than SB and is basically, larger. Snowbasin has more cruiser groomers.

Bigsky is huge and varied, basically if you put Jackson and Deer valley together,that's big sky.
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Never been to SB, but familiar with both BS and JH.  Even off the tram at BS, Liberty Bowl, Marx and Lenin are definitely doable for mere mortals...  The tram at BS is by no means the only lift that accesses difficult runs.

See, I said my experience was limited.  Thanks; this is good to know for the future.  My experience at BS was 2 days when the temperature started at -20 and never got above -5.  EVERYTHING seemed pretty extreme in those circumstances, and the tram didn't even open.  So it was easy to look at the Big Couloir and imagine everything above was like that.

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Big Sky and Moonlight have a TON of groomers, and nobody's there.  There's a bunch of groomers off Andesite alone.  I've spent a day at Moonlight and saw about 40 people all day.  Also, you can access some of the gnar off the Challenger chair without hitting the Tram.  Really really like Big Sky.

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