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Listing of ski resorts by vertical feet---Where's yours stack up?

post #1 of 18
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Making trip plans for next season?
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Do you measure your fun by vertical feet skied?
Just need to know?
Can you handle the truth?

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post #3 of 18
I drove up to Baldy when they weren't open for the season yet. Yeah, it looks steep! If I lived around Southern LA, that's where I'd ski.

As for me?? Whitetail has a whole 960' vert. But I would wager a guess that those of us with samll vert "yo-yo" mountains, can get a lot more vert in in a day than big mountain skiers. Mostly because we can do figure 11's the whole way down, and ride a 3 minute high speed detatch to the top.

No, I never count my runs or vert for the day.

**Due to the power shortage, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off indefinitely.
post #4 of 18
Gawd Almighty............ Next thing you are gonna ask for the size of.........!!!!!

Can you handle the truth?
post #5 of 18
Pierre eh,

If I am not mistaken you would have to lap Croyle lift about 15 times.


post #6 of 18
Pierre,eh, you meant 30,000 not 3,000 right? I ski routinely on hills with 350 to 450 feet of vertical with several guys who wear those altimeter watches, and they say we often get in 30,000 feet in a day.
post #7 of 18
3100 feet, top to bottom, at Mammoth Mtn.
post #8 of 18
Pierre Eh
Most of the watches record net change and total accumulated descent or climb depending on what mode so the a 450 ft vert rise on the lift should only list 450 ft skied. That being said they also only measure if a certain amount of vert is accumulated during a specific amount of time. ie: 30ft or more in x seconds. Then it starts clocking. This is done for those long traverses that you might go up and down as little as 5ft. or the slight dip that a lot of chairs take on their way to the unload point.
post #9 of 18
Putting it that way, it's easy to get 30 runs in at Whitetail. I can sometimes get in 10 runs before 10:00 lineup. I guess that's the advantage of a 3 1/2 minute lift ride. 3 1/2 up, two minutes down, with a total round trip, realistically, of 6 minutes, to get 960 vert in. That's 10 runs an hour = 9600 vert/hr. Do that for just four hours, and; a) you'll get in 38,400 feet, and b) you'll be completely wasted.

It's so easy to do that at Whitetail, because the runs are straight down the fall line from the top of the lift to the bottom, with a consistant pitch the whole way. I did a GS race one time (came in 3rd in my first entry in a sanctioned race!!), in which I did the top-to-bottom GS course in 33 seconds.

When the Jimmy Heuga race comes to Whitetail, some of the teams do really well. I think, one year, the team with our ski school director came in 2nd, nationally.

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post #10 of 18
Don't know what the vertical was, but the double chairlift at the now defunct Klein Innsbruck in Franklin, MA had 7 poles!
post #11 of 18
Pierre Eh,
You mean you still have fixed grips? I thought those were extinct!
Heh Heh Heh.

When I was at the Canyons They had this one fixed grip that apparently had the most accidents of all the chairs even though it was slow moving and no line. No one knew how to load on it. Getting in place was easy but the swing the chair takes as the lifty holds it back so you can sit and then swing out keep getting the "spoiled riders" tails caught and they would get flipped off the chair... Ah the good old days?
post #12 of 18

Hell, the slow up load time is the only thing keeping it somewhat sane. If we had high speed detachables the place would be unskiable!!!


post #13 of 18
I have nothing against the slow upload speed. hence the heh heh heh...

I used to think they were so great until I had to dodge all the beginners at the top that were piling up because they couldn't or wouldn't move out of the unload ramp.


I agree.

I'll take Alta's slow fixed grips to squaw's highspeed detachable 6pack any day.

I just think it's funny how some of the newer skiers have never seen a fixed grip.

The ones I hate are the beginners getting on the chair that has the sign posting, "no beginner terrain accessible from this lift" and then the people get to the front of the line and yell to the lift op, "can we have a slowdown?"
Heck, when I load my niece or nephew (4 yrs and 6 yrs) We just pull them out to the load area and lift them on to the chair, sometimes with help from the lift op (center poles) but I try not to ask for a slowdown. If they can't load the lift properly, they don't belong on that chair....<FONT size="1">

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post #14 of 18
I agree with you on slow up load times. I did not catch your facetiousness.


post #15 of 18
2200' is da home mountian.
Want to rack up vert, ski groomers all day at Sun Valley. You could probably hit that 30,000 mark........
post #16 of 18

14 seconds?! Holy #^%@$! That IS a small hill.

We only have one detach. Then we have 3 fixed-grip quads and a fixed double and one handle-tow. We don't run the high-speed at full speed, because it can run at 1000'/min. The lift is 3000' long, so it could get you there in 3 flat. The only time I've seen it run that fast was when they were running the Jimmy Heuga race. Sometimes they'll slow it down to 4 minutes if terrain is limited and it's crowded.
post #17 of 18
One of the biggest verticals I know is from the Klein Matterhorn in Switzerland (highest cablecar/tram in Europe) down to Zermatt.
You're looking at around 5900 ft vertical on a continuous downhill run, via Furgg, Furi and then down to the village.
On one of Zermatt's other sectors, from Rothorn, there is a continuous vertical of around 4900 ft down to the village.
Scenically, they are both wonderful runs.
Chamonix also offers huge vertical from the Aiguille du Midi, via the magnificent Vallee Blanche glacier. 5000-8000 vertical feet, depending on whether you end up in the village, or the mountain railway above Chamonix.
post #18 of 18
I believe the vertical from the Aiguille du Midi is 9100' (2800 meters?).
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