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Best EARNED Vertical

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Inspiration from MBS's thread.

What was the best EARNED (read hiked up for) Vertical you ever skied?

Has anyone else climbed up to the "Starting Gate" at the true top of Nosedive??

How about Whistler Bowl (or over to the back bowls) before "The Peak" chair was installed at Whistler?

Or hiking up your regular area after the lifts had closed for the season (too few customer$, but plenty of snow still on the trails) ?

AND Who was it skied this past Labor Day?

AND Finally... Isn't 2 feet of earned vert sweeter than 100 ft of lift served??
post #2 of 22
Stache,

My best earned was waist deep pow at Whitetail, PA on a closed day. It was a fireable offense, but the harshest words I got were "Take a radio next time". It was pretty cool when the knuckledraggers in front of me watched me finish up and said "Dude that was sooooo cool! We could barely see your head above the snow." I guess the stuff was bubbling up my chest a bit. In addition to hiking up for the run, I also had to hike up to get back to the base lodge! I've hiked for waist deep before, but for South Central PA this was a rare treat.
post #3 of 22
Best earned vertical was a 6,000 ft day backcountry in Swiss Meadows in the Durrand Glacier area.

Also noteworth was a 4,000 ft day on the Clemenceau glacier in the Rockies
post #4 of 22
I hiked Jay before April of 04 when the got about 2 feet of snow, but high winds kept the upper mountain lifts close. Did 2 run each starting at the top of the Quad at the bottom all the ways to the top. So i guess around 3600 feet of hiking, yes it was worth it.
post #5 of 22
Mt. Sopris ...in the Roarrrrrring Fork Valley, Colyrado
post #6 of 22
Pink Pine in LCC (the ridge between the Red Pine and White Pine drainages).
post #7 of 22
The last 2 winters. Headwaters area MLB. 800-1200 vert per lap. 134 trips in 2003-05 147 last year. This season a lift will take the hike down to about 150 vert.
post #8 of 22
From Camp Muir to Paradise on Mt. Rainier. Had to repeat it many times. 4,600 elevation drop.
post #9 of 22
This doesn't really count, but we hiked for race training on several nights last year at Blue Hills in MA because the P.O.S. lift broke. Not my idea of fun, but it was a good workout. I would estimate about 2000-2200 total vert.
post #10 of 22
The Cirque at Mary Jane/Winter Park.

It is a long, but relatively flat walk. The few steep turns might not have been worth it, but when we got to the run-out through the woods, it was totally beautiful, quiet and solitary. Then I spotted jack rabbit tracks coming out of the woods and crossing the trail, zigzagging away - followed by big, perfect and undisturbed puma tracks! It was so cool. Can't be sure, but amazingly, it seemed the rabbit got away by burrowing into a bank.
post #11 of 22
Albion basin to Catherine's too many times to count. All good.
post #12 of 22
Got very good pow turns in the Summit area, AK two years ago.
Went back for more this year, but with sleds... Didn't earn them this time, but good turns..

And Fernie, 2002 season was all good!
post #13 of 22
All over the king, the throne, avy basin etc... at crystal
post #14 of 22
Took the 100 year old narrow gauge steam engine train and got off in the Wimenuche Wilderness between Durango and Silverton. Climbed 3,000 vert and set up camp at 11,000 feet in Chicago Basin. Next day climbed to top of 14,000 ft. Sunlight Peak and skied a perfect 40 degree pitch in sweet corn.
post #15 of 22
Stache,

"Has anyone else climbed up to the "Starting Gate" at the true top of Nosedive??"

From the base of Stowe???

I've been at the Sugar Slalom and climbed a bit to get in that monster start gate. It's like riding a bump course during that race!
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
C9,
Notice I did not identify the area, but only the trail. How many folks even know that the start of the race course on Nosedive is like 400' above the top of the lift?
post #17 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by mudfoot
Took the 100 year old narrow gauge steam engine train and got off in the Wimenuche Wilderness between Durango and Silverton. Climbed 3,000 vert and set up camp at 11,000 feet in Chicago Basin. Next day climbed to top of 14,000 ft. Sunlight Peak and skied a perfect 40 degree pitch in sweet corn.
If you ever do that again, take some pics and post 'em!
post #18 of 22
Ski nose pop. any 410?
post #19 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gnarlito
If you ever do that again, take some pics and post 'em!
Wish I had some pics from that trip. The hike up the Basin from the train is a classic summer backpack route (6 miles and gradual 3,000 vert), but we did it the 1st week of May and were alone. First 1,000 feet and couple of miles were on dry ground, so we started in hiking boots and carried our skis, boots and winter camping stuff. Packs were very heavy and nobody wanted to carry a camera. There are three 14,000 ft. peaks (Sunlight, Eolus, and Windom) that surround the Basin, so you have every aspect to chose from. Because of the soft Spring snow it was totally non-technical and done without ropes or crampons. If the weather cooperates it is a suprisingly easy trip, but as you know Springtime in the Rockies things can turn ugly fast.
post #20 of 22
For me it would be "the cone" on Mt. Bachelor last October before the patrol refresher. The lodge was in the fog, the cone stuck through to the sun, an island of sparkling white. I made my first turns of the year in 14" of light powder over cinders (throw away skis). When classes started the fog burned off and the whole patrol had to sit and look out at my tracks.
post #21 of 22
Might be this peak, behind me, that some buds and I bagged down in Tierra del Fuego last summer.

http://www.pmgearusa.com/gallery/ima...entina/ar4.jpg

Or some turns at 12K in the Wimenuche Wilderness in CO two springs ago.
20 hour trip in and out. Skied some of the tightest chutes and trippiest terrain features I've ever seen there.
post #22 of 22
I wish I had some good stories:

Not really hiking but Headwall Crested Butte or East Wall Abasin.
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