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post #1 of 11
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Been there once, noticed lack of apparent double blue groomers. Lots of stuff for high "work load" descents. 

Even went over to the little mtn for relief. Got to stay on the big mountain this time. 

 

Thanks, there have to be some suitable runs....

post #2 of 11

Graduate is steeper than your average Sun Valley groomer. Sometimes they groom the bowls: some nice fall lines there. The upper part of Warm Springs is good also.

post #3 of 11

When Limelight (top of mountain to Warm Springs) is groomed it is an absolute blast if you want steep, fast groomed runs.  3000 vertical feet without stopping at high speed will definitely burn your thighs.

 

Graduate to Frenchmen's isn't quite as steep or long, but is also fun.

 

No idea what the snow is like this year, though.

post #4 of 11
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Been there once, noticed lack of apparent double blue groomers. Lots of stuff for high "work load" descents. 

Even went over to the little mtn for relief. Got to stay on the big mountain this time. 

 

Thanks, there have to be some suitable runs....

I'm a little confused. I've never skied anywhere that called a run a "double blue" but that would be a steeper than average blue, yes? I think just about all of SV's runs are steeper than you'd find in the same color category most other places. But last time you quit Baldy and had to go to Dollar for relief? So are you really looking for easier runs on Baldy?

 

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 When Limelight (top of mountain to Warm Springs) is groomed it is an absolute blast if you want steep, fast groomed runs.  3000 vertical feet without stopping at high speed will definitely burn your thighs.

+1...I think this is the ultimate in blue groomers but again, if it's relief you're looking for, this is pretty much the opposite of that.


Edited by Christy319 - 1/6/14 at 1:35pm
post #5 of 11

Long, relatively steep groomers are a Sun Valley specialty.  Sun Valley doesn't currently use the double blue designation but there are plenty of runs that would be double blue on most mountains.  Limelight, Warm Springs (or Warm Springs to Upper Greyhawk or Hemingway) are 3000 plus feet of fairly steep and uninterrupted vertical.  Ridge to Blue Grouse to Mid Warm Springs, Christmas Ridge, or Sigi;s Bowl are always groomed and high quality, double blue grade groomers.  The Frenchman's lift serves three or four runs of 1,500 feet of uninterrupted vertical at least two of which will likely be groomed daily.  I believe they used to be double blue a few years ago when they still had double blue on the trail map.

 

I would generally suggest ignoring the trail ratings as most of the green runs would be blue on most other mountains. Seattle Ridge is mostly green but pretty steep and certainly more sustained than most greens you will run across elsewhere. Most of the black runs are only a little steeper than the blue runs but they are generally left alone to grow moguls.  Limelight and Cold Springs are the only ones that are consistently groomed in my experience (and Cold Springs isn't very steep at all).  Mayday and Easter Bowls along with Limelight and Upper River Run are my favorites.  Christmas Bowl (though blue) usually has a good mogul line or two.

post #6 of 11

Agree with the above. It sounds like what you are looking for is a steeper blue groomer. My unofficial guide lists the steeper runs in each category and whether they are groomed or not.

post #7 of 11
Bill's guide is what you need to read: http://www.epicski.com/a/sun-valley-unofficial-guide

I am glad he mentioned it as I had forgotten about it and these guides are not always obvious to those who primarily only frequent the forums.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Many thanks to all of your replies! Can't wait to explore one and all; just hope they get some of the snow that's starting to trickle in...

post #9 of 11

I haven't been to Sun Valley yet, but am interested in intermediate (green or blue) groomers with a relatively constant pitch.  SV has a strong reputation in this area, but the pictures I've seen of the Seattle Ridge greens seem to indicate a double fall line on many of those runs.  Ideally, I'm looking for runs that are also flat side-to-side.  Can I find what I'm looking for?  Thanks Much.

post #10 of 11

Upper and Lower College, Warm Springs...Broadway on Seattle Ridge, Broadway face...There's many more but I don't remember names of all the runs. In fact I'd say "true" fall lines are the norm. I guess there's a double fall line on a couple of the Seattle Ridge runs but it's pretty subtle.

post #11 of 11

You have to look real hard to discern a double fall line on the Seattle Ridge runs.

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