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Best Steeps in Colorado

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I am looking for the longest, most narrow, and steep IN BOUNDS chutes in my area. I ski all by my lonesome, and do not have the knowledge to BC solo yet. I ski A-Basin, Keystone, Copper, Vail, Winter Park, and Breckenridge and do what I had believed to be the gnarliest stuff on the mountain. I have a great time, but would like to spoil myself by getting more. Of course, I have heard that the best steeps are in Aspen (one of the few mntns i cant go to with my passes). True? I just want to find a run that when you look at it, you definately second guess yourself. Narrow helps. Steep a must. And, if possible, i want to link like 20 turns together.


At the Basin, I ski everything off of Pallavinci. Are there any hidden stash's? Ive heard of the run that goes off of the backside and picked up some h-hikers on the highway who just skied it. How is it? I have also never been to the Basin when upper East Wall is actually open. How is that? Copper is cool, Spauling and Mountain Chief, but I havent done the Taco. Is that worth the wait for the cat or the hike? Winter park has Hole-in-Wall which is cool, but they refuse to open the Cirque when I am their. Is it any good? Breck has the Lake chutes which are fun, but again, like everything else mentioned, very very short. Peak 7 is nice too, but only stays steep for a little bit. Vail is awesome, but since i only get 10 days a year there, i dont know the mountain to well. Lovers leap is always fun, but it lasts for like 5 turns. Keystone, i have found nothing resembling steep, narrow, or chutelike.

I know most of the stuff i have mentioned isnt chute skiing, and here-in lies the problem. Please point me in the right direction.
post #2 of 21
Check out the Windows at Keystone, they're pretty fun.

For chutes, you're going to have to hit the BC. Make sure you have the awareness and equipment though.
post #3 of 21
Maybe not the most narrow, but certainly steep and LONG: Banana Funnel at Crested Butte. When you stand at the top of it, you think: "Holy shyt, it's a long way down, I would hate to fall and do the slide." : The real joy is that you can't second-guess yourself, because once you've traversed over to it, there's not really a way back. I don't know the exact length, but it must be at least 1,500 feet, and perhaps 2,000 feet vert. Anyone know? I can tell you that at the bottom, we were exhausted: probably part altitude, part adrenaline, part length of it. But what a feeling of accomplishment!

Thatsagirl
post #4 of 21
hey bra' ... I had to say that.

You could probably link 30+ turns down Highlands bowl. Narrow? Not a chance. It's fatter than Rossane Bar on Thanksgiving but steep enough and long enough to do what you're asking.
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
nice,
i really want to hit the butte, but dont forsee it happening this season. never skied there, aspen, and havent been to telluride in forever. not sure if anyone in the now-how will check this post, but whats the story with silverton, or whatever that powder haven is called?
b
post #6 of 21
If you've skied West Turbo off Pali at A-Basin it doesn't get any steeper than that without hiking.
post #7 of 21
You need to take a drive to Utah.
post #8 of 21
At Snowmass, Baja Robertos is a face that empties into the main chute called Robertos. Ten or fifteen turns followed by a huck of over 100'. What makes it more impressive is the landing zone is volkswagon sized moguls in the main Chute. The freeride compers are the only people I have ever seen skiing there, or should I say tucking Baja. Way cool if you have skill, or way stupid if you don't.
Kessler at Highlands is tamer but very long (it runs the length of the new deep temerity lift). We have so much steep terrain that isn't on the map. It would be hard to list all of it. Come out and explore all three Aspen areas with one of our extreme clinicians. They know all the nooks, cliffs and chutes.
At CB go for the very top of the mountain and the area above the Funnel/Peel/Banana. Hall of Fame is it's name. It isn't open often because there is hardly ever enough snow to cover the rock cliffs. Mostly because snow usually doesn't stick to almost vertical rock faces very long. See Dave McGuire when you're down there and he can show you even more.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Thatsagirl
Maybe not the most narrow, but certainly steep and LONG: Banana Funnel at Crested Butte. When you stand at the top of it, you think: "Holy shyt, it's a long way down, I would hate to fall and do the slide." : The real joy is that you can't second-guess yourself, because once you've traversed over to it, there's not really a way back. I don't know the exact length, but it must be at least 1,500 feet, and perhaps 2,000 feet vert. Anyone know? I can tell you that at the bottom, we were exhausted: probably part altitude, part adrenaline, part length of it. But what a feeling of accomplishment!

Thatsagirl
I will agree that Crested Butte has the steepest stuff inbounds in Co.

There is a way back to easier terrain from part way down funnel called "No Fat Chicks Traverse" That goes to the bottom of Forest.
post #10 of 21
The right direction ---> www.tetongravity.com/forums
have fun, make friends, ski steep lines (in that order!)
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
At Snowmass, Baja Robertos is a face that empties into the main chute called Robertos. Ten or fifteen turns followed by a huck of over 100'. What makes it more impressive is the landing zone is volkswagon sized moguls in the main Chute. The freeride compers are the only people I have ever seen skiing there, or should I say tucking Baja. Way cool if you have skill, or way stupid if you don't.
Kessler at Highlands is tamer but very long (it runs the length of the new deep temerity lift). We have so much steep terrain that isn't on the map. It would be hard to list all of it. Come out and explore all three Aspen areas with one of our extreme clinicians. They know all the nooks, cliffs and chutes.
At CB go for the very top of the mountain and the area above the Funnel/Peel/Banana. Hall of Fame is it's name. It isn't open often because there is hardly ever enough snow to cover the rock cliffs. Mostly because snow usually doesn't stick to almost vertical rock faces very long. See Dave McGuire when you're down there and he can show you even more.
Hey Jasp, a little brag but my son took a 60-65 footer in the Freeride comp today just below Diving Board (skiers left of 2 Trees). Two trees is a nice narrow chute (no room to turn - just straigh line). He did that last month in the comp.
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 
nice
just joined TGR, those people are pretty crazy
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Pierre
I will agree that Crested Butte has the steepest stuff inbounds in Co.

There is a way back to easier terrain from part way down funnel called "No Fat Chicks Traverse" That goes to the bottom of Forest.
I didn't know about No Fat Chicks Traverse (love the name! ). But if you're partway down, you may as well finish it, right? : As far as I could tell, you can't really backtrack on the traverse at the top if you change your mind. Is there a secret way out higher up? We had great snow while we were there, but if the snow was not good, that would be the run from hell.

Thatsagirl
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Thatsagirl
I didn't know about No Fat Chicks Traverse (love the name! ). But if you're partway down, you may as well finish it, right? : As far as I could tell, you can't really backtrack on the traverse at the top if you change your mind. Is there a secret way out higher up? We had great snow while we were there, but if the snow was not good, that would be the run from hell.

Thatsagirl
I don't think so, but there are a couple traverses in from Northstar farther down if you don't want traverse at the top.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by brannen
Winter park has Hole-in-Wall which is cool, but they refuse to open the Cirque when I am their. Is it any good?
it is a LOT of fun. with the good snow this year, it should be open most of the time. problem is, it is a loooong walk to get to and hard to do laps on because it leaves you out on the opposite side of the mountain from the lift to get there on. at least the walk is fairly flat. they do tend to close it early in the day, so ski it in the morning.
post #16 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by brannen
Winter park has Hole-in-Wall which is cool, but they refuse to open the Cirque when I am their. Is it any good?
it is a LOT of fun. with the good snow this year, it should be open most of the time. problem is, it is a loooong walk to get to and hard to do laps on because it leaves you out on the opposite side of the mountain from the lift to get there on. at least the walk is fairly flat. they do tend to close it early in the day, so ski it in the morning.

anyone
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by brannen
Winter park has Hole-in-Wall which is cool, but they refuse to open the Cirque when I am their. Is it any good?
it is a LOT of fun. with the good snow this year, it should be open most of the time. problem is, it is a loooong walk to get to and hard to do laps on because it leaves you out on the opposite side of the mountain from the lift to get there on. at least the walk is fairly flat. they do tend to close it early in the day, so ski it in the morning.

anyone mention
post #18 of 21
You definately need to get to Silverton. 'Nuff said.
post #19 of 21
Yeah, silverton. Or East Vail. You can start in-bounds...
post #20 of 21
The East side of the Basin has some chutes....probably the steepest, given its length, in the area. There is some hiking involved there.

The trail off the back side of A-Basin isn't all that tough....there is a small bowl you can huck into, maybe a 20' drop max, or go around. Then you go across a snow field or two then over a stream bed. You can ski almost to Keystone. It is fun...and I bet a strong skiing, fearless Intermediate could ski it.
post #21 of 21
brannen, it's time for you to hook up with the Bears for Let's Go Colorado II. Uncle Louie may be able to show you some of his spots, and others of us ours.
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