Hear it was a little windy today.
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Hear it was a little windy today.
Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Motts and Killebrew canyons have graduated levels of difficulty, with the easiest being the northern Motts runs and the most difficult being chutes in the south end of Killebrew. Your resume sounds plenty good enough to enjoy the whole thing.
Spend some quality time in North Bowl for trees, and if you have the necessary backcounty gear (beacon, shovel probe), you might inquire about firebreak trees gate from the top of Olympic. Heavenly has added lots of new signs to get people to the trees this year. Good for you, not so good for local secrets and stashes.
I spent 5 days in Heavenly this season and I skied the Mott Canyon the two first days. It was feasible to get down but the conditions were really bad, extremely icy on the steeps and not really enjoyable, the next day they closed the gates. I don't know how it is now after the recent storms... let us know later :)
About tree skiing the best ones for me were Powder Bowl Woods (accessed very easily from Power Bowl express, which allows you to do it many times in a row) and also the trees close to Ellie's run.
If you ask a ski patroller they will say they are all difficult, so if you have to ask you shouldn't be there. But this is because they are probably tired of packing you out when you fall and lose all your gear and slide down the mountain.
There are no "wide" runs at Mott, but the further you go down the gates the less steep it is and it gets a bit wider and less steep. Try starting around gate 4 or so (under the chair line), and traverse further down towards gate 5-6 which will be a bit more open as compared to 1 or 2.
If the snow has melted too much, this maybe closed if the stream is running through there.
As stated by Davi, conditions are everything. If it is soft with new snow that will help slow you down and be much easier then if it's iced over. You need to be at a ski level where you are comfortable ski/board a single track line if needed (like the advanced skiercross like trail home from groove chair to roundabout) .
Also, as a boarder unstrap if necessary at the Mott lift line, the lift line can also an advanced-only adventure in itself.
I spent many many days in the last couple years in here.
It's not that bad, start out on the main runs, maybe take gate 3 and cut into the lower part of Bills, that's basically just a big bump run. Right under the lift is pretty mellow except the snow quality there is usually not so great. The harder stuff along the ridge usually hold the best snow, the longer you can hold out the better but watch out past the y as there are some cliffy sections. The signage for those sections is pretty good.
You will get a solid view of killebrew from the ridge off gate 1 at Motts, study this and you will realize that there's a main drainage there that is pretty mellow. you can get into trouble going through gate A and taking the wrong (or right lol) route. Spend enough time lapping stuff there before you comfy before progressing onto harder stuff. Honestly i feel like the harder steeper lines are easier as the snow is usually chalky and less bumpy as not as many people venture to those lines.
You will have to ride two chairs to lap killebrew and do a quick 5 minute bootpack or sidestep for the gate 1 terrain at motts.
Theres other stuff closeby and notso closeby that i aint spilling over the net but its pretty fun!
Def Mott's under chair or skier's right of the chair has really wide trees with a less steep pitch. It's not too bad, sorta like a longer version of Big Dipper Bowl. But, it can get pretty steep pretty quick and there are some crazy lines in Killebrew & Mott so scout before you go!