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post #61 of 78
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Originally Posted by Klimski
My former home mountain: the Planai, in Schladming, Austria has really great groomed runs. The only downside is frequent overuse of snowmaking, which often creates ice and chunks...The layout of the groomers couldn't be better though. Nice twists and turns, variation in degrees of steepness etc.

A lot of young talents in Austrian ski teams do their training there. They also stage World Cup Slaloms and GS and used to have a blinding DH until it was deemed to dangerous.

In my younger days (on 200cm Fischer RC4 race stock GS with huge steel plates and Marker race bindings) I would take the very first lift up with my brother and do the DH route on completely empty, perfectly groomed slopes, oh boy!
European groomers are in a class of their own, since this is what most Germans and Austrians live for (not a lot of off-piste unless you are in France).

As long as we are going there the Hahnenkam downhill in Kitzbuhel is something everyone should try at least once, especially if you want to learn how to yodel without really trying...
post #62 of 78
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Originally Posted by viking kaj
As long as we are going there the Hahnenkam downhill in Kitzbuhel is something everyone should try at least once, especially if you want to learn how to yodel without really trying...
I've never skied Europe, but based upon all I've heard, The Viking is probably right: the Kaiser's Hill gets the trophy!

Hahnenkam's legendary status isn't likely to be matched soon by even the likes of Grizzley, or Wildflower, or Dave Murray.

It takes decades and severe pitch to build a rep like Hahnenkam's.

I'd like to see if I have the nerve to make the drop one day.
post #63 of 78
I have to chime in for the Crescent/Waterfall combo that PCMR started grooming last season - super steep for a bit, then undulating and then finishing steep, with soft natural snow and mostly northernly facing this can be amazingly fun!
post #64 of 78
The most memorable groomer I've skied in the East was the aptly named Corkscrew at Marble Mountain in Newfoundland (pronounced new-fun-LAND). It switched back and forth offering banked turns that increase in pitch (with possible airtime) the tighter, to the inside, you take the line.

I just asked a work colleague, who's skied all over Canada, the same question: Corkscrew, without a doubt...

FWIW.
post #65 of 78
Best groomer in PA(if it even matters), Jack Rabbit at Blue Knob may not have best conditions, but its has enough pitch to get going fast and is long by PA standards.
post #66 of 78

Groomers

Here are a few of my favorites.

At Vail, when groomed, Ricky's Ridge in Sun Down Bowl. And Slot in Sun Up Bowl. My family loves Chopstix in China Bowl. Riva top to bottom is a blast too.

At Sun Valley: The classic is Warm Springs top to bottom. Fantastic GS run.

At Cannon, Tram line to Avalanche or parallel groomed back to the tram.

At Sugarbush: Gondalier and follow the gondola line to the base.

At Aspen: Ruthie's down the Men's DH route, WOW.

Snowbasin: I prefer the Wildflower DH for more consisten fall line haulin.

Ski these til you drop from exhaustion! You'll have a grin on in the hot tub!
post #67 of 78
If you've got a pair of Super G skis hit Dave Murray Downhill in Whistler. Some of the best fun I've had on skis. Got some great positioned rollers you can bullet off of on a nice day (make sure no one is below!).
post #68 of 78
simple - Regulator Johnson(Snowbird) in the morning, what could be better.
post #69 of 78
Stein's Way, Deer Valley
The true groomed ripper, steep and carpet smooth!
post #70 of 78
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
Best groomer in PA(if it even matters), Jack Rabbit at Blue Knob may not have best conditions, but its has enough pitch to get going fast and is long by PA standards.
Elk has some good ones too.
post #71 of 78
I saw a few mentions of Northstar, which I had the pleasure of visiting for the first time last spring. As another old-timer who started again at 45 after not skiing since college, I was most appreciative of the extensive and thorough grooming. From the top, taking East Ridge provides some views of Tahoe that are simply incredible. Not fast or steep, just cruising fun. Then there's the "Magic Moguls" - something I'd never seen before. It's three rows of offset humps, where you can go back and forth between them. Kind of like riding a snow roller coaster - doing moguls that are a little more predictable for those of us not yet skilled enough to slash through the real thing. :
post #72 of 78
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Elk has some good ones too.
Better in quailty yes, but the lenght is much longer on this one
post #73 of 78
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
Best groomer in PA(if it even matters), Jack Rabbit at Blue Knob may not have best conditions, but its has enough pitch to get going fast and is long by PA standards.
Was it called Bunny Hop? I like Deer Run better, steep, wide and well groomed. Bunny Hop is OK, too.

Bold Decision at Whitetail freshly groomed is the best groomer in Pennsylvania.
post #74 of 78
If you're in Quebec, it's all about Le Massif, about 1 hr out of Quebec City. This place has the most vertical and the most snow in Quebec and has the ability to host upper level DH races. The trails are long and follow the contour of the terrain.
post #75 of 78

Nothing like a 9-year bump...

 

My favorites in Colorado:

1) Plunge (Telluride)

2) Longhorn (Steamboat)

3) Star Fire (Keystone)

4) Golden Horn/Thunderbowl (Aspen Highlands)

5) Copper Bowl (Aspen Mountain)

6) Two O'Clock (Steamboat)

7) Big Burn Area (Snowmass)

8) Andy's Encore (Copper Mountain)

9) Norway Face/Dercum's Gulch/Ramroad (A-Basin)

10) See Forever (Telluride)

post #76 of 78

The absolute fastest groomer in North America is Sun Peaks' Big Headwall Speed Skiing Track. With the right equipment you can go faster than a World Cup DH racer. Of course, there is no turning involved.:eek

 

Sun Peaks also has a ton of award winning grooming and Ski Canada magazine once called SP's Cruiser run the best cruiser in Canada.

post #77 of 78

The best groomer I have skied is in the Dolomites. From the top of the Marmolada glacier at 3343m down to Baita del Gigio at 1650m is one great groomer.  1693 m vertical or for those still on imperial units 5555 ft.

 

The top section is just magnificent and you can really get a rhythm going on these big sweeping GS turns.

 

In the US I rather like the Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek. I have skied Snowbasin a few times and never seen the downhills groomed.

post #78 of 78

In the East:  La Crête, Beauregard and Super S at Mont Ste-Anne; Obsession at Sunday River; Upper Cannon, Skylight and Ravine at Cannon Mountain; Willoughby and Bear Den at Burke Mountain.

 

Out West:  Elk Park Ridge at Big Sky resort, Pitch Black and Snow Rodeo at Revelstoke Mountain Resort; Grand and Gros Ventre at JHMR.

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