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Okay, so how extreme is Squaw really?

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On Monday, I rode the lift with a guy who said he used to instruct at Squaw. I told him I got the impression (from the GNAR and other movies, and the Squallywood book) that Squaw was all crazy extreme and intimidating. He said that he would actually consider Crested Butte and Jackson Hole to be much more gnarly than Squaw. I haven't skied any of these. I have been warned that outside of summit county, I need to actually take heed of warning signs, which generally mean cliffs; at my usual haunts, a warning sign just means "something fun ahead."


So I guess just to poke a stick into the ant's nest, for those of you who've skied 2 or more of these resorts, what do you think?

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I'm not really an expert on any of the truly extreme stuff, but I've skied all those areas. Jackson's vert is bigger, more continuous. (Meaning, you fall farther.) And there is just more there. More cliffs, more backcountry, more everything. Crested Butte I think has steeper steeps, and the technical stuff is tighter. Snowbird has some incredibly gnarly terrain too. I peered into the Cirque chutes week before last and got a little queasy. (Landings were, uh, quite firm at the time)  

 

Squaw seemed to have shorter shots and wider runouts; it also has (had) the advantage of snow sticking to the rocks a little more than it does in the drier inland areas. But there is plenty to make you pucker.

 

I'm sure someone will chime in with better observations, but those are my first thoughts.  (And to be sure, I'm not claiming that those areas are tougher than Squaw, just explaining that it may be why he said that.)

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Squaw's got the Gnar.
It's one of the best places in North America. It's just too bad they've suffered from a couple of bad years and they really need to resolve the base village issues.
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On Monday, I rode the lift with a guy who said he used to instruct at Squaw. I told him I got the impression (from the GNAR and other movies, and the Squallywood book) that Squaw was all crazy extreme and intimidating. He said that he would actually consider Crested Butte and Jackson Hole to be much more gnarly than Squaw. I haven't skied any of these. I have been warned that outside of summit county, I need to actually take heed of warning signs, which generally mean cliffs; at my usual haunts, a warning sign just means "something fun ahead."


So I guess just to poke a stick into the ant's nest, for those of you who've skied 2 or more of these resorts, what do you think?

 

I think this question kind of hinges on what experience freaks you out more.

 

If dropping 300 vertical feet in a chute at 60+ MPH, with or without a cliff at the end freaks you out, probably Squaw.

 

If the prospect of billy-goating and launching cliff sequences in trees, probably someplace like CB would top the list.

 

If getting your skull crushed when you are brutally blindisded with the refrain of "sorry bro" keeps you up at night, probably Mountain Creek, or Breck of course. ;)

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If getting your skull crushed when you are brutally blindisded with the refrain of "sorry bro" keeps you up at night, probably Mountain Creek, or Breck of course. ;)

 

Skiing Mountain Creek means you never have say sorry. I also believe the word "sorry" is illegal in NJ. 

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Been to JH many and skied Squaw 2 times. Both look pretty rowdy to me. One thing I did notice @ Squaw was that riding up KT-22 on a powder day is like watching a TGR movie in real-time. That isn't so evident at JH - although It's there.
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While I've skied at a number of places, the only place mentioned in this thread I have been to is Snowbird (oh wait, Breck was mentioned too and I have most certainly been there...and I will be at Jackson Hole in a couple of weeks).  Anyway, of all the places I have been, there is one place that stands out in my mind as having a lot of crazy-good skiers and that is Telluride.  Surely it can be mentioned alongside of Squaw, JH and CB when it comes to the extreme stuff.

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