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White Nitro at the Loaf.

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
How steep is White Nitro? I heard it was 22 degrees somewhere but that seeped not steep enough.
post #2 of 18
I don't find White Nitro Extension to be all that steep. It is, however, a trail that is filled with excitment.

It's the sort of trail that rolls out in a way that you can't see where it ends. The trail is a horizon. This I speak of is Nitro Extention from the top of the mountain. It ends with a very steep pitch that lands you onto Spillway Cross Cut.

White Nitro begins from Spillway Cross Cut trail and is one of the steepest areas on the mountain, often icey. What degree?? I don't know?? Certainly more than 22 degrees!! I believe this trail turns into Wedge which is a great trail that is narrow and winding.

Have you skied this area of the mountain??
post #3 of 18
Only week I skied this trail was under boilerplate conditions, which made it more difficult than steepness. Some great data presented on this board in the past by poster Powdr on trail steepness around the US. In following thread he says White Nitro is 29.5 degrees.
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ght=steep+east
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
I was talking about the area right above Spillway X-cut. Down onto regular white nitro.
post #5 of 18
newenglandskier........Yes, that last headwall before landing on the X-Cut is extremely steep. So steep most people don't turn on it, they just skid to end it. I try to do 3 jump turns on that short, steep headwall.
This is the end of White Nitro Extension.
post #6 of 18
44 degrees for the headwall for some reason sticks in my mind... 22 or the stated 29.5 degrees might be right once you average out the lower part of the trail.
post #7 of 18
Steep enough that a patroller lost his edge and slid to his death on the ice.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Steep enough that a patroller lost his edge and slid to his death on the ice.
Really? That's horrible
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post
Steep enough that a patroller lost his edge and slid to his death on the ice.
Same thing happened to a patroller at Sunday River on White Heat about 8-10 years ago...was killed sliding head first on the icy headwall into a tree. More than any other runs I've seen more scary slides on that run as well as on OL at KMArt. Main reason being they are both very steep, often icy as hell and one side of the trail is usually groomed just adding to the danger and enticing lesser skier to ski them.
post #10 of 18
WN Ext is pretty steep. One particularly slick day, April 2004:



That last steep section right above the Spillway X-cut:



Sweet corn, April 2005:



post #11 of 18
I'll never forget the day two seasons ago when I first came down this trail.

Nice and slick, I stopped at the Spillway x-cut to rest my legs and ponder at how I just made it down that top section. I look up the trail, and I see some guy absolutely tearing up the trail.

Sking on some 200cm+ straight skis, jeans, rear entry boots. Oh yeah, and he was wearing a full batman mask.

Gaper? Maybe. Possibly. But definitely one of the best skiers I have ever seen in person though.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by AlpineZone View Post
WN Ext is pretty steep. One particularly slick day, April 2004:



That last steep section right above the Spillway X-cut:



Sweet corn, April 2005:



Wow! I almost had to put my sunglasses on to look at my computer screen for the right side of that first picture Eastern packed powder at its finest!::
post #13 of 18
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Eastern packed powder at its finest!::
Gotta love it!
post #14 of 18
Nice pictures. Thanks for posting.

IMO, people are talking down White Nitro as if it is death. It is a fantastic trail and the the grooming crew at the 'loaf do a great job of keeping it skiable. Winch cat, baby!!!

Also, if you want to see good (out of sight!!) skiers ripping.....Sugarloaf is the place. I, too, have seen the best skiers in my life at Sugarloaf. I am talking balls to the wall crank in moguls, trees and gates. Stunning.

Now, when I was in Utah last March......I saw the raunchiest ski trails I have ever seen in my life!! Over cliffs, through steep, tight trees and so on. I saw the tracks but never saw the skiers??
post #15 of 18
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I saw the tracks but never saw the skiers??
I think you've stumbled onto a mystery. Maybe it's Leprechauns.

Lots of times in some of the more remote corners of large resorts, everything is moguled up, but there is nobody around!
post #16 of 18
Man I really miss that mountain. I grew up skiing there from '86-98. Lots of great memories there.
post #17 of 18
nitro is steep, but managable. i'll never forget the first time i was there with a couple buddies about 3 -4 years ago. we heard all the hype and the second day they finally opened up the top...so up we go and across to nitro. were doin fine, and i keep doing fine, but my boy is ripping it up not expecting the spillway cut across the middle of the trail. haha he couldnt check his speed in time and slammed right into the x-cut losing all but his hat and gloves. def one of the funnier moments ive had, i waited to laugh until i knew he was ok of course...

as far as real steepness, ive always heard its near the top in the east. the loaf has a lot of steep terrain though, some of it def harder than white nitro.
post #18 of 18
Shea-bird......Ya, that could be a hard landing ripping onto Spillway Crosscut!! Ouch!! Your son is not the first to make that mistake. Kinda fun hanging out around there.

And yes, there are other areas on the mountain that are steep and challenging. Ever skied Gondi Line top to bottom??
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