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Singles to Doubles

post #1 of 19
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I'm getting very confident skiing single black terrain at Copper, Park/Jane, and Loveland. I'm looking to dip into the doubles and I'm not 100 percent sure where to start as there's such a wide gap when you start talking double terrain. Would anyone care to point out a few good runs to break into for my first doubles at any of the above locales?
post #2 of 19
My approach is to look for stuff I can get out of easily. That ought to narrow the choices a bit.
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jason Robertson View Post

I'm getting very confident skiing single black terrain at Copper, Park/Jane, and Loveland. I'm looking to dip into the doubles and I'm not 100 percent sure where to start as there's such a wide gap when you start talking double terrain. Would anyone care to point out a few good runs to break into for my first doubles at any of the above locales?


Where exactly are you skiing at those places? (the blacks, I mean)

post #4 of 19
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Mostly copper off the Sierra chair and bee lift. Chair 8 at loveland, I haven't been back since the ridge opened as we've spent a lot of time at copper.
post #5 of 19
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I really want to get back to Loveland and run up and down the ridge. It's just hard to stop in at loveland when we basically ski for free at copper/park/jane you know what I mean.
post #6 of 19

Have you been back in Copper Bowl or Spaulding at Copper? Both sort of graduate in difficulty wherever you are, ie, difficult blue up to mild double black, I guess you'd say. So you can get in there (in good visibility) and pick your poison.

post #7 of 19

Easy.  Head to Spaulding Bowl at Copper.  

 

 

The runs far skiers right in Spaulding bowl are the least steep.  That's an old map above.  I believe the current map has a couple of the far skiers right runs as single black and the rest as double black.  Start with the runs skiers right and work your way skiers left to the steepest runs.

 

Spaulding bowl is in fantastic shape.  It's been a long time since the coverage has been this good.  It's really nice to have the rocks covered as well as they are, although you still need to watch for rocks and avoid the ridges.

 

Here's a shot of Spaulding Bowl from last week:   

 

 

And, just for fun... just about the same shot from last fall where you can see the rocks in their full glory:

 

post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

Have you been back in Copper Bowl or Spaulding at Copper? Both sort of graduate in difficulty wherever you are, ie, difficult blue up to mild double black, I guess you'd say. So you can get in there (in good visibility) and pick your poison.

 

Great minds think alike :)

 

Jason, just be careful about the snow in Copper Bowl.  It faces south and on the wrong day the refrozen crud can be treacherous, like any south facing runs.

post #9 of 19
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I was thinking along those lines and I'm thankful for the direction. I would hate to get to the top of the lift and go...oh boy, this is gonna be ugly. Spaulding it is, probably this Sunday. Thanks bears!
post #10 of 19
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I was thinking along those lines and I'm thankful for the direction. I would hate to get to the top of the lift and go...oh boy, this is gonna be ugly. Spaulding it is, probably this Sunday. Thanks bears!

 

Don't forget Copper Bowl, either ... get off  Mountain Chief, go right, and drop in along there, it's not as steep as the other side. When that seems easy enough, go left off the lift, and pick a line there.

 

(Whatever you do, please don't traverse once you drop in -- maybe a little bit, if you need to get to a better place, but don't do the whole thing. I saw so many doing this today at ABasin on the East Wall, so I'm a little cranky)

post #11 of 19
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Don't forget Copper Bowl, either ... get off  Mountain Chief, go right, and drop in along there, it's not as steep as the other side. When that seems easy enough, go left off the lift, and pick a line there.

 

(Whatever you do, please don't traverse once you drop in -- maybe a little bit, if you need to get to a better place, but don't do the whole thing. I saw so many doing this today at ABasin on the East Wall, so I'm a little cranky)


i assume this would be cutting off uphill traffic as the issue, or a matter of snow quality preservation

post #12 of 19
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avy precaution

post #13 of 19
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i assume when lapping spaulding bowl you use the resolution lift to get you back up then traverse to the storm king and drop in from there? makes for long laps huh?

post #14 of 19
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i assume this would be cutting off uphill traffic as the issue, or a matter of snow quality preservation

snow quality. It messes up fall line skiing for everyone else.

post #15 of 19
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i assume when lapping spaulding bowl you use the resolution lift to get you back up then traverse to the storm king and drop in from there? makes for long laps huh?


Yep.

post #16 of 19

Any reason Reso bowl wasn't included in the recommendations?  It's pretty forgiving as doubles go.

post #17 of 19
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looking at the rocks on spaulding makes me wanna buy a helmet

post #18 of 19
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Any reason Reso bowl wasn't included in the recommendations?  It's pretty forgiving as doubles go.


Are those doubles? I guess the Zeros are... yeah, that would work.

post #19 of 19
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Are those doubles? I guess the Zeros are... yeah, that would work.

Definitely...the the double section is quite short.  As others have said, the snow quality is quite good now and the deep coverage has opened up lines and reduced the consequences in many places so it is a good time to try to take a step up.  However, with the sun getting to be at a higher angle, pick your spots as the season progresses- while you may feel really confident on singles with good snow right now, you may not like some of the doubles with crusty or manky snow.

 

If you go to LL, I think the doubles off chair 9 are pretty short (in terms of the steep sections).  You can scout potential lines off the chair, and I imagine that many are filled in pretty nicely right now (although I haven't skied there this season).

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