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post #31 of 56
Oh, heaven forbid that someone should say b--kc----y. I can just see the bodies piling up, and it will be on our heads.

OMG, I just remembered there was also a thread about riding motorcycles fast! Oh, we are damned. Damned to hell.

Holy crap! There was also a thread about whitewater rafting. Oh, the guilt!
post #32 of 56
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Originally Posted by MilesB
Oh, heaven forbid that someone should say b--kc----y. I can just see the bodies piling up, and it will be on our heads.

OMG, I just remembered there was also a thread about riding motorcycles fast! Oh, we are damned. Damned to hell.

Holy crap! There was also a thread about whitewater rafting. Oh, the guilt!
Sure whatever. But you would be happy if I dug your butt out of the snow because I CARRY MY GEAR and know how to use it.

Oh, that's right, I couldn't dig you out because you don't have a beacon. I guess you're just a body recovery. I can go ski the rest of the day and leave you for the rescue dogs.

Peace and good luck man
post #33 of 56
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Originally Posted by offpiste
Sure whatever. But you would be happy if I dug your butt out of the snow because I CARRY MY GEAR and know how to use it.
Well, GOO...OOD for you! :-D
post #34 of 56
Stairs at Eagles nest after 3 Maissels & 3 glacier ice :-)

no haven't tried them yet.... kareela balcony was tricky enough - instructor was laughing at me clicking in - I blame the damn storm we were skiing in
post #35 of 56
No one mentioned MRG? Trail for trail, toughest in the East. Also, I will add Hickory as my dark horse.
post #36 of 56
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
No one mentioned MRG? Trail for trail, toughest in the East.
You didn't read post #10, did you?
post #37 of 56
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Originally Posted by carvemeister
You didn't read post #10, did you?
Ooooof, sorry missed it. Nebber mind.
post #38 of 56
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
No one mentioned MRG? Trail for trail, toughest in the East. Also, I will add Hickory as my dark horse.
Hickory clearly has the most difficult uphill runs of any area I know in the East, and it's definitely the place where intermediates will most likely choose to stay in the beginner area.

John
post #39 of 56
I can't believe that no one has said Silverton Mountain yet?
post #40 of 56

Don't forget Big Sky . . . .

Lone Peak at Big Sky has some turn or die stuff. The A to Z chutes or whatever they are called are as scary as anything I have seen at JH. Couloir Extreme is totally do-able but exposed, especially in less than powdery conditions.

It's been a long time since I've been to Sugarbush, but that trail skiers left from the top following the wooden bear signs in the woods was as good as anything I have EVER skied west of the rockies.

Alyeska? Several hairy chutes there. Squaw . . . Lots of hairy lines and big air in bounds.

Agree on Blackcomb, almost everything on the backside of Spankys gets the heart pumping.

Alpental . . . . some big air and steeps and great BC, but not many lines to scare the high school studs who rip that place to shreds.

just my $0.02 . . . YMMV :
post #41 of 56
The toughest skiing I have done is deep in the woods at Mad River. Octopussies Garden, you are forced to launch several 15+ foot ice waterfalls in TIGHT woods with little to no room to land, it will definately wake you up in the morning. At Squaw I saw stuff that I would consider of a higher difficulty level. Stuff where any minor mistakes would equal death

Alfonse
post #42 of 56
mighty moose button lift at Fernie, Them kids are lethal, I had to plough all the way down.
post #43 of 56
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Originally Posted by shin-to-win
Couloir Extreme is totally do-able but exposed, especially in less than powdery conditions.
Ahh, the only thing exposed about Couloir Extreme is the fact that everyone in the restaraunt is watching. You can make wedge christies down it, and I've seen them run a race on it. The only thing that made the race tough was that it was half bumped. What I enjoy about CE, is watching the intermediates, who call themselves experts struggle and make fools of themselves on it. Good entertainment.

Actually, there's also some good, really steep stuff right under the Peak Chair at Whistler, as well as off the back side of Peak (go right off the lift, then drop off the back - left - and keep traversing across until you get into some real steep trees).
post #44 of 56

La Grave

For actual lift servie its La Grave- without question- or perhaps Hunter Mtn on a Saturday- that would be more dangerous
post #45 of 56

Karrine above Innsbruck?

Has anyone ever skied Karrine above Innsbruck? I've heard it is the steepest piste in Austria. The concierge at our hotel advised against it, saying many people are carried out with serious injuries all the time. If you successfully ski it, they supposedly give you a t-shirt saying that you survived it. Other than that run, the area (Hafelekar (sp?)) is tiny, so we didn't even go there.
post #46 of 56
In terms of the most consistently difficult area it has to be Craigieburn Valley New Zealand. Mostly because there are no easy ways down, there are no groomers, the lifts themselves claim a few victims each season and it has runs with names like Plake's Mistake.



And it is full of terrain like this (although this is actually a shot from another ski area)

post #47 of 56
That's got to be it, after all it has a couple of triple diamonds!
post #48 of 56
LisaMarie-

As a research professional, I hereby volunteer my services to take this anecdotal data and provide clear concise analytical data including tables, graphs and pictures. I can begin my field studies as soon as that pesky matter of expenses can be worked out.

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post #49 of 56

Castle Mtn. Extreme Lines

You may want to look at some of the routes pictured in Castle Mountain resort's extreme section. Just click on a photo to get the description. I'm still not sure about the last route though, every thirteen years....

http://www.castlemountainresort.com/extreme.html
post #50 of 56
I'm a new-comer to this forum and am really chuffed that there are so many of you that talk about resorts in Europe, with all the variety you have, its great that you recognise that there are 'serious options' here also. I live in Alpe d'Huez year-round and La Grave is fairly 'meaty'!!! It has to be said that perhaps ADH is little known to all those non-cyclists, but we too have some very testing stuff. We have one of the largest off-piste area in France, and the runs are a good mix, including the (apparently) longest black in the world - 16km (being honest the last three are pretty much flat), and the 'Tunnel', where you come flying through a small tunnel to a precipice where generally there is a group all looking down and thinking "SHIT", as its a vertical mogul field (if you're really unlucky they're up to your waist). Having said all that there are lots of runs for beginners and intermediates also and La Grave is only an hour away in the car, for those thinking James Bond there is a helicopter service for less than you think!!!
post #51 of 56
Sarah,

sounds terrific since I'll most likely go to La Grave by end of January.
Are you a native from there? Just curious.
post #52 of 56

Nutcracers - What Fun!!

Just found a good photo of one of our nutcracker lifts from the skiers eye view. Bear in mind that this thing is going only slightly slower than a high speed chair lift. Hold on tight and look out for the pulleys! They are actually great fun and cheap for the areas to run, but they couldn't be used stateside because you would get sued the second some idiot forgot to let go of the rope as it goes over the pulleys and gets their fingers crushed.

post #53 of 56
Went to Cragieburn 26 September. VERY intense little ski field. As kiwiski said, the lifts are interesting. Pure kiwi efficiency.
post #54 of 56
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Originally Posted by offpiste
I don't agree. Someone will read this and drop into something that could kill them... or me for that matter. I'm interested to hear what ski patrollers, search and rescue crews and avy forecasters have to say.

Peace
You, being a Jackson local, are understandably sensitive to the plus's and minus's of the open OB policy there, I'm sure you know of deaths caused by unwitting tourists (and hardcores) venturing into places they shouldn't be, however a lot of the in-bounds terrain being discussed here is not without it's consequences either...cross your tips in the Alta Chutes and you may be taking a sled ride to the "world class" JH infirmary or worse. It's hard to suppress information on the Internet, it has a way of bubbling up, educating folks about the backcountry is the best route IMO.

Cheers SC
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post #55 of 56
north baldy at snowbird cant believe nobody has said that, isnt that where they had the ifsa event?? there is lots in canada alot steeper than delirium dive and outside of whistler,,, one person got it..
post #56 of 56
Three come to mind Crested Butte take your poison there, Slot Rock, Hour Glass, and many more... Mad River Glenn Ski it if You Can... Jay Peak The face... Kirkwood lots of sick places...
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