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Steepest and Deepest in Summit and Eagle Counties

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Perfect 10 pass - spending some days out west this year.

Allright so what Summit/Eagle county areas have the steepest, deepest, tightest runs and pitches - Green circles and blue squares need not apply...
post #2 of 15
a-basin
post #3 of 15
Yeah, gotta vote for A-Basin too. Polly, East Wall, etc, about as good as it gets in Summit Cnty.
post #4 of 15
If they are open when you are there the chutes on the East Wall of ABasin are steep and tight. You have to do some hiking to get thetre and you will need some good lungs cause it's all above 13,000 ft.

There is some decent stuff at Breck and Copper with short hikes from lift served terrain and the views are spectacular.

That's about it.
post #5 of 15
A-Basin is the clear winner for overall gnarly skiing--but it's not a big place.

At Breckenridge---Horseshoe Bowl and the terrain between Peaks 8 and 9---some fun terrain on the South side of Peak 10 too------All of the fun skiing at Breckenridge is short though. Some nice fun stuff if you want to hike above the T-Bar too.

I personally find Keystone boring---though I have yet to try the snow cat skiing---Outback at Keystone is reasonable.

Vail----not very steep overall (but trust me there are spots if you seek them out )---but nothing beats the dimension of the Back Bowls on a powder day----but it can skied out by mid-day unless you know where to look. Blue Sky Basin is Fun---a good mix of steeps (though short) and powder in a "left natural" type setting.

What dates are you skiing ?
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
What dates are you skiing ?
well - heading out this friday and staying until tuesday night - then I will be going out again for 5 days on martin luther king wknd on jan 15 or so....


thanks for all the replies so far - a-basin is unfortunately not included in the perfect 10 pass - I would have got the A-basin bonus pass in a second, but my sis doesnt have a car and as far as I know there is no cheap, good way to get from vail to a-basin
post #7 of 15
Given your dates---hang at Vail now---usually better and more snow early season there----

Try Summit County next trip. They will be in full operation then. Also check on the Breckenridge Web Site for when the ULLR FEST celebration is and try (if you can) to time your trip to that time. It is a fun time to be in Breckenridge during Ullr Fest.

Unfortunately we are going to criss cross---you come home as I head out----maybe next time !
post #8 of 15
Ok, so Vail isn't known for gut wrenching steeps...but trust me, you'll have a blast there. Their bowls are spectacular, especially if the goods are fallin'. I personally would stay there over trekking to Breck or Keystone if it's snowing. The back bowls are just too cool.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
well I've skied vail and beaver creek - I am in the "back bowls are boring" category - but dont get me wrong -seeing them for the first time, espescially if you have never skied out west is an experience....but it seems the consensus is a-basin for steeps.......now all I have to do is find a good sports bar to watch the pats!
post #10 of 15
Go to Mary Jane (other side of Winter Park). I have passes to both Winter Park/Copper and A-Basin. A-basin and Mary Jane are my favorites. They usually both get more snow than anyone else in the Front Range. Right now Mary Jane has a bunch of black bump runs open and A-Basin has nothing but a few blue cruisers open. Mary Jane has the best concentration of steep ferocious bump and tree runs in the Colorado Front Range. Bring your rock skis though.

PS Don't discount Loveland. They have some of the steepest bump runs around off chair 1 and those runs are also open! They also get the most snow in Colorado except for Wolf Creek.
post #11 of 15
Breck
Lake Chutes!
(From the top of peak 8)

Published max steepness= 55 degrees.
Usually a 3-20 foot cornice drop (depending on which chute)

A basin upper east wall is also pretty good as well as skiiers left palivicini.

BTW the perfect 10 is a gyp. Its the same price as a friggin season pass!
Although you need to get the colorado pass onsite, you can get the A-basin bonus pass (unlimited a-basin) 4 days keystone/breck 1 day vail/beaver for $220 online.
post #12 of 15
About A-Basin - the upper east wall doesn't open that much - probably because of avalanche danger, but when it does it's epic. I like the Palla chair - it's pretty decent in the spring - I skied it with fat twin-tips, but it can be crowded. Loveland has some reasonable steeps (towards A-Basin I-70 on your left), all the upper bowls of Copper (it's a lot easier mountain to access time-wise, rather than Breck), I know the Back Bowls pretty well and they have decent steeps (Sun Up, Sun Down, Blue Sky, etc.), but i think the Beev's Birds of Prey are reasonably steep. How about Loveland Pass? I remember skiing Berthoud Pass when it was ski area. The Outback bowls I hiked to (in waist-deep powder because the snowcat wasn't running) during the blizzard that closed the airport for three days (the reason why they built it in western Nebraska was so it would NOT close EVER! It takes forever from DIA to get to downtown Denver).

But all in all, I think the upper East Wall at A-Basin (Summit/Eagle counties) seems to be the steepest. It scared the bejeesus out of me...
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nealric
Breck
Lake Chutes!
(From the top of peak 8)

Published max steepness= 55 degrees.
Usually a 3-20 foot cornice drop (depending on which chute)

A basin upper east wall is also pretty good as well as skiiers left palivicini.

BTW the perfect 10 is a gyp. Its the same price as a friggin season pass!
Although you need to get the colorado pass onsite, you can get the A-basin bonus pass (unlimited a-basin) 4 days keystone/breck 1 day vail/beaver for $220 online.

Allright so Peak 8 at breck and upper east @ a-basin sounds good - I might invest in a helmet while I'm at it.

Yeah the perfect 10 didnt seem like the best deal in the world - but correct me if I'm wrong but I think the Colorado Pass sales ended for this season -you can only renew old passes at this point -
also I doubt I will be out west for more than 10-12 days anyways -
BUT if the colorado pass is still available I will get that!
post #14 of 15
Nope, its not available- but the A-basin bonus pass usually is till late January.
post #15 of 15
jeez, just call SCSA and he'll give ya a tour.
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