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post #31 of 48
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I'd say Sunapee isn't particularly challenging.  Interesting, yes. Challenging, I wouldn't say so. There are a couple of steepish runs, and some bumps here and there, but for that matter there's a steepish run at Crotched, which bumps up and gets icy. 

 

This is one of those threads that disappear down the minutia wormhole!

 

 

Sunapee has decent glades, one glade is steep, only skied it once. I forgot where it was... somewhere near the high speed quad area.  I was with a group of friends and family, if I was skiing by myself, I would lap that trail. Southern NH doesn't have many storm in consecutive order so a natural base doesn't form, I can understand why ski patrol would close some of the steeper sections. Having said that, the glades in crotched doesn't compare, however I heard that they did open some new glades that has some pitch, just never skied it yet. 

post #32 of 48
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Why does everyone overlook Berkshire East?

 

1,000 feet with some real challenge.  More challenging than Mount Snow (although smaller.)

 

 

Been there once, on one trail, it was icy and steep that it made a couple of intermediate riders turn around. It would not surprise me that the steep stuff is longer and slightly steeper than Mt Snow. At the time they only had a small glade section open, IMO, the place would be fun after a dump and challenging once the bumps form.

post #33 of 48
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You forgot about Gore, Whiteface, Hunter, Plattekill, and Hickory in NYS.


Would you agree with this?  Haven't skied Hickory, Windham, or Jiminy but did stop by the base when there wasn't any snow.

 

More challenging

Whiteface

Gore

 

Challenging

Plattekill

Hunter

 

Place to learn

Hickory

Belleayre

Jiminy Peak

Windham

post #34 of 48

I think that Whaleback is pound for pound tougher than anything in NY or S Vt. 

post #35 of 48
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I think that Whaleback is pound for pound tougher than anything in NY or S Vt. 

I can see that. I mean, if you don't control your speed there, you end up skidding across I89 South. That's difficulty right there.

I'm pretty sure Whaleback is the most famous ski bump that nobody's actually skied. Lol.
post #36 of 48

I've driven by Whaleback many times.  Never skied there.

post #37 of 48
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Not in rank order, I assume?

 

Nope. Berkshire East is Mass, we were having trouble getting NY in./

post #38 of 48
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I think that Whaleback is pound for pound tougher than anything in NY or S Vt. 

 

 

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I can see that. I mean, if you don't control your speed there, you end up skidding across I89 South. That's difficulty right there.

I'm pretty sure Whaleback is the most famous ski bump that nobody's actually skied. Lol.

 

 

Been to Whaleback as well.... Face is the bump run used by Dybvig's freestyle team and YOOYM (You're Out Of Your Mind) is a natural trail, both are tough. It has several more steeps as well, IMO, some of the steepest around south of Killington (caveat, never been to Magic, it' on my list).  The atmosphere reminds me of a mini version of Mad River Glen. A cool place, no frills, just skiing or riding.

post #39 of 48
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I think that Whaleback is pound for pound tougher than anything in NY or S Vt. 

I can see that. I mean, if you don't control your speed there, you end up skidding across I89 South. That's difficulty right there.

I'm pretty sure Whaleback is the most famous ski bump that nobody's actually skied. Lol.


It was the first place I skied, back in the late 80s. It was the last place I skied until 2004. I should go up there again.

post #40 of 48

Whaleback has changed hands recently, its currently owned by a non profit group, UVSSF. They bought it from the bank around 2013 in hopes to keep it operating for the community. Here's their web page on the improvement they are making for the upcoming season. 

 

http://www.whaleback.com/2016-challenge/

post #41 of 48
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Would you agree with this?  Haven't skied Hickory, Windham, or Jiminy but did stop by the base when there wasn't any snow.

 

More challenging

Whiteface

Gore

 

Challenging

Plattekill

Hunter

 

Place to learn

Hickory

Belleayre

Jiminy Peak

Windham

Using your designations -

More Challenging would include WF, Gore, Hunter, Plattekill and Hickory with the rarely open WF Slides section a step above the others.

Challenging would include Belleayre, Jiminy, Windham

Place to learn - all with special mention to Belleayre's huge, separate, lower mountain learning area.

 

Hickory has amazing terrain on its 1200' vertical but it lacks snowmaking. It is like a mini MRG with pomas and a t-bar and lift line. If the east is having a big snow year you must ski it.

post #42 of 48

I have been wanting to ski Hickory but usually drive to Gore.  Hopefully, this will be a good year to finally check it out.

 

With the exception of K27 I think of Hunter's difficulty as more or less equal to Mt Snow.  The north side of each being similar in pitch and layout.  I don't think Windham has any great challenge either. Never skied Plattekill or Belleayre.

post #43 of 48
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I have been wanting to ski Hickory but usually drive to Gore.  Hopefully, this will be a good year to finally check it out.

 

With the exception of K27 I think of Hunter's difficulty as more or less equal to Mt Snow.  The north side of each being similar in pitch and layout.  I don't think Windham has any great challenge either. Never skied Plattekill or Belleayre.


The sustained pitch on Hunter West is longer and steeper than Mt Snow's North Face - especially if 44 at Hunter is open.

post #44 of 48
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The sustained pitch on Hunter West is longer and steeper than Mt Snow's North Face - especially if 44 at Hunter is open.

Maybe so but I have skied both more times than I like to admit and to me they are close enough to be interchangeable.

post #45 of 48
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Would you agree with this?  Haven't skied Hickory, Windham, or Jiminy but did stop by the base when there wasn't any snow.

 

More challenging

Whiteface

Gore

 

Challenging

Plattekill

Hunter

 

Place to learn

Hickory

Belleayre

Jiminy Peak

Windham

Using your designations -

More Challenging would include WF, Gore, Hunter, Plattekill and Hickory with the rarely open WF Slides section a step above the others.

Challenging would include Belleayre, Jiminy, Windham

Place to learn - all with special mention to Belleayre's huge, separate, lower mountain learning area.

 

Hickory has amazing terrain on its 1200' vertical but it lacks snowmaking. It is like a mini MRG with pomas and a t-bar and lift line. If the east is having a big snow year you must ski it.


Good to know that Belleayre, Jiminy, and Windham have terrain that can be considered More Challenging.  Only spent a day at Belleayre during late season so it was a bit hard to tell about the trees.

 

Agree that if only skiing ungroomed terrain, then Plattekill can be More Challenging.  But not that hard to take it easy since most trails have at least one side groomed.  Definitely more fun to have 1000' vertical with hardly any run out.  Felt a lot steeper than Belleayre just because of the view.

 

Hope Hickory has a good winter.  My reason to drive north during the ski season used to be to head to Lake Placid, but now it's Boston.  Stopping by Albany isn't that far of a detour.

post #46 of 48

Jiminy Peak actually has some steep terrain, but they groom it to within an inch of it's life.

post #47 of 48
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Jiminy Peak actually has some steep terrain, but they groom it to within an inch of it's life.


I wondered about that.  Stopped by recently and convinced my non-skiing husband to ride the lift to the top for the view.  The two black trails I looked at from the top were certainly steep enough but relatively short.  Then again, still twice as much terrain as my home mountain of Massanutten, which has about the same vertical.

 

Are there any bumps created or left alone at Jiminy?

post #48 of 48
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I wondered about that.  Stopped by recently and convinced my non-skiing husband to ride the lift to the top for the view.  The two black trails I looked at from the top were certainly steep enough but relatively short.  Then again, still twice as much terrain as my home mountain of Massanutten, which has about the same vertical.

 

Are there any bumps created or left alone at Jiminy?

Last time I was there, maybe 6 years ago, they left one steepish bump run.  I would call it a blue or blue/black level.

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