Originally Posted by MAGGOT
You were refusing to believe something is possible simply because you hadn't done it. I was just stating a fact, not insulting you like when you called me stupid. Since you are so concerned with being mature and all that, maybe you should start with your own comments.
And I'm glad you realized that well gosh darn, maybe it is just possible.
Hey, I said the comment was stupid, not you; and I was referring to the comment: "If by "conventional" you mean, lazy, and somewhat novice, then yes I agree with you." Is someone skiing on a 45 degree slope lazy or novice? I'm sorry if I offended you.
I was trying to help define the question a bit, since there is clearly a departure from "skiing" before you reach 90 degrees, no? This is just the classic engineer's approach: first, define skiing, then examine the boundary conditions, and then go for some further understanding in the middle.
I might be the 60 is the limit for sustained slopes, since there are only two stated as 60 or more on that list. One of the top on the list, Tuckerman's Chute Variation (there are actually two, a North and a South, but the chart doesn't distinguish) is reported on the chart as 60 degrees, but in other guidebooks is reported as much less. Usually, these kind of slopes have entries at the cornice that are very, very steep, but the average slope of the "trail" is in the 45 degree neighborhood, and considered "very steep."