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Best Resort for Natural Terrain Features?

post #1 of 12
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Just wondering, where is the best resort to go to with lots of natural terrain features ie. natural jumps, rocks, etc.  I'm more asking about features on marked runs of say single black, or low double black difficulty (not "hike to" extreme type stuff). 

 

I guess I'm talking about a lot of fun, low(er) risk type stuff.

 

 

post #2 of 12

Of all the places I've been Alyeska has the most natural features.

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Of all the places I've been Alyeska has the most natural features.


 

That's interesting.  I've always wanted to go there and combine the trip with some serious fishing.

post #4 of 12

I would say Vail is a pretty good choice. I am thinking of some of the stuff off of 11 and 4 as well as some backside things.  

post #5 of 12

Mt. Baker is known for it's natural terrain features.

post #6 of 12

Jackson and Snowbasin for inbounds.  Jackson has some pretty obvious rock gardens and natural halfpipes, the lower consequence fun drops @Snowbasin inbounds might take a bit more looking around though the gullies are also pretty obvious there. 

post #7 of 12

Mt. Baker has features just about everywhere you look.  That and the most snow anywhere are its big attractions.

post #8 of 12

The Boat for sure.

post #9 of 12

Jackson Hole for sure.  But you also mentioned fun, low-risk stuff, and Alta is rife with it if you know where to explore. 

post #10 of 12

Kirkwood, CA has some huge and cool ravines/gulches that are like natural halfpipes with 150' sidewalls, also chutes, slots, cornices, glades, bowls, shoulders, all in bounds and mostly single black, and then there is the truly extreme cliff drops and stuff of The Cirque.

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Kirkwood, CA has some huge and cool ravines/gulches that are like natural halfpipes with 150' sidewalls, also chutes, slots, cornices, glades, bowls, shoulders, all in bounds and mostly single black, and then there is the truly extreme cliff drops and stuff of The Cirque.


 

 

Single black chutes, slots, and cornices?  Almost seems like an oxymoron.  In any case, it sounds like Kirkwood is a place I'm definitely going to have to get to.  Sounds like some good ~safe fun for a lame-o like me.

 

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 Jackson and Snowbasin for inbounds.  Jackson has some pretty obvious rock gardens and natural halfpipes, the lower consequence fun drops @Snowbasin inbounds might take a bit more looking around though the gullies are also pretty obvious there

 

I think the plan for next year is Snowbasin / LCC / BCC.  I think I may be bugging you for some Snowbasin tips when the time gets closer.

post #12 of 12

Taos doesn't have any stuff like that, sorry.

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