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Longest "interesting" Blue/Black Trails in NA???

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hiya all! Hope the New Year is starting out on the right foot for my fellow Bears!

Saw a thread about a 16K trail in the Alps, got to wondering which would be the longest blue/black trails in North America?

From my experience, I immediately think of that long trail from Peak to Lower Creek in Whistle and in Mammoth start at Dave's Run and ski all the way to the new lift at Little Eagle, and I'm sure a whole bunch are similar.

Any real stats. on long runs?
post #2 of 15
Sun Valley
post #3 of 15
My favorites:

- Warm Springs Runs @ Sun Valley
- Lookout/River runs @ Sun Valley
- Hobacks @ JH (MUST be good snow though)
- Bridger Runs @ JH
- Strawberry Runs @ Snowbasin
- Needle Runs @ Snowbasin
- John Paul runs @ Snowbasin
- Peruvian Runs @ Snowbird
- Little Cloud/Gad runs @ Snowbird
- Dreamcatcher runs @ Grand Targhee
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Agree with Powdr, but haven't done Hobacks nor Dreamcatcher.

Apexridge @ Canyons?

My vote for CRAPPIEST long run goes to that awful traverse from Game Creek to Backbowls and Bluesky at Vail, took forever &//)=($%# ! Oh, and those shitty traverses at Heavenly!

Anyway, back to the subject: any hard numbers to the longest trails?
post #5 of 15
Here in the NorthEast........

Tote Road at Sugarloaf. From the top, 2,800' vertical 3.5 miles.

Awesome rolling terrain and scenery to boot!!
post #6 of 15
hey powdr! i'm in total agreement.
hobacks rule with decent snow.

but i wouldn't go so far to call gad II or peruvian "long".
post #7 of 15
Will take the easy way and just cite a few of the usual suspects I've visited with larger verts:
Mt. Ellen/Sugarbush North, Sugarloaf, Wildcat, Cannon, Stowe, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Snowbird
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
Here in the NorthEast........

Tote Road at Sugarloaf. From the top, 2,800' vertical 3.5 miles.

Awesome rolling terrain and scenery to boot!!

I remember it well, did it a few times March 2005, tons of snow.

If your numbers are right, this may very well be THE longest in the NE.


Numbers kids, lets see some numeros!
post #9 of 15
Gpaul....My numbers true.

Can we talk fishing?? I once caught a fish that so big...........

Seriously, 2,800 vertical, 3.5 miles.
Come on up, I'll race you top to bottom. I'm sure you would win!! Ha!!
post #10 of 15
I recall from a great trip to Copper Mountain that the Alpine lift area has a pretty cool long black run or three - one is called Far East.

Also, for the Midwest, Holiday Valley's "Mardi Gras" is a nice blue down the main strip. It is interesting because it gives you many different options of other runs to ski off of it, and it really is pretty long (for the Midwest).
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Gpaul View Post
Hiya all! Hope the New Year is starting out on the right foot for my fellow Bears!

Saw a thread about a 16K trail in the Alps, got to wondering which would be the longest blue/black trails in North America?

From my experience, I immediately think of that long trail from Peak to Lower Creek in Whistle and in Mammoth start at Dave's Run and ski all the way to the new lift at Little Eagle, and I'm sure a whole bunch are similar.

Any real stats. on long runs?
Whistler Mountain's Peak to Creek run is listed (by Intrawest), as North America's longest intermediate run, at 5 miles (or 8 km) in length. It has a vertical drop of 5020 feet. A real thigh burner, especially at the end of the day, when it's bumped out.
The best thing is to check the grooming reports first thing in the morning, and as soon as the Peak Chair opens, take a cruise all the way to the bottom, before anyone else does.
post #12 of 15

Hellfire at Big Mountain

I don't know its length, but the intermediate run "Hellfire" at Big Mountain, MT is rather long and scenic. It's certainly not incredibly challenging, but unlike many long runs that are really catwalks, it does have enough pitch to just cruise and enjoy the scenery.
post #13 of 15
Favorite big verticle runs would have to be:

1)Rendevous Bowl to North Hoback--- JH
2)Great Scott or Upper Cirque to Sliver Fox---Snowbird
3)Limelight to Warm Springs---Sun Valley
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Gpaul View Post
I remember it well, did it a few times March 2005, tons of snow.

If your numbers are right, this may very well be THE longest in the NE.


Numbers kids, lets see some numeros!

THE longest run in New England is at KMart...Juggernaught

It's 6 1/2 miles long with 3000 feet of thigh burning, heart pounding verticle.
Seriously!
post #15 of 15
Well it's not at a resort, but, Tuckermans Ravine to the Sherburn Ski Trail is a long and a true black to blue run. Didn't Toni Matt straightline it back in the 30's. Pretty sure he still holds the record.
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