SteepnessI know I am getting off the main subject, but the steepness is all relative. It really depends on individual, not to mention the given conditions.
I may feel totally giggly ripping down 40-degree pitched wide open bowls but I will cramp up and carefully pick my way down a 30-degree pitch littered with cliffs and rocks. A 30-degree pitch that drops 2000-ft will look steeper from the top than 45-degree slope that only drops about 500-ft. I can’t remember who said it but the following is the best description of steepness imo:
“As you look down from the top of hill that you are about to drop in, there is a big-lump in your throat, you can hear thumpity-thump of your heart, and there is that tingling sensation in your balls that runs all the way to tightening anus - baby, it’s steep!”
Let’s not knock on Bachelor too much. It’s a great mountain. I have tons of fun at Bachelor. It may not have the steeps like Squaw or W/B, but I find natural rolls, nooks, and crannies off Northwest Territories that drops over 2000 feet that I find a far more interesting than let’s say 40-degree wide open bowls. …I have to agree Timberline is damn flat. I haven’t skied there in years. However, you can get some serious speed going on palmer ice field in early morning during late spring/summer. Ski the palmer from 7 to 10 am and go down to Hoodriver and do some wind-surfing or go to the coast and waste the day away!
I love Oregon and PNW in general!