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5 Mile at Sun Peaks Resort, BC

post #32 of 52
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Best Interesting Green Circle Runs.
 

Kind of a different take on this question. Just for fun, looking for candidates for the best green circle runs that would be enjoyed by intermediate-advanced skiers due to length, scenery, terrain undulation, or other engaging aspects.
 

There are so many out there, but some that immediately come to mind from my experiences:

-Polecat trail at Wildcat, NH; great scenery, long for the East - approx 3 miles/2k vert, fun curves and drops, usually well covered with snow.

-Schoolmarm trail at Keystone, CO; 3.5 miles/2.3k vert, like Wildcat except wider, straighter, with beautiful views of the Rockies rather than Whites.

-Combination of trails at Le Massif, Quebec; skirt the eastern perimeter of layout by descending from summit lodge on La Jean Noel, connect with La Coulee at base of Camp Boule lift and finally with L'Ancienne to base of ski area at Grande Pointe lift, ~3 miles & vertical drop of 2300', long stretches feel woodsy and isolated, then opens to magnificent views of the St. Lawrence River.

-Great Eastern at Killington, VT; not sure if they color code this green or blue, but it's no more difficult than the others listed above, if you run the original length from Killington Peak to base of Skyeship gondola you'll bag about 4.5 miles and 3000' vertical. Only recommended on quiet weekdays due to numerous trail crossings and heavy rush hour traffic.

-There are a couple in my local mid-Atlantic region that have a special place in my heart: Mambo Alley at Blue Knob, PA and Timber Trail at Canaan Valley, WV. Both about 2 miles and 850-1000' vertical with interesting scenery or undulation.

Any fellow, mellow trail cruisers out there?

Fun question from 2009, but I assume the answers from back then are still valid.

 

@Jamesj : surprised you didn't mention the long green from the top of Timberline.  When I took a friend who had never skied outside VA, we lucked out and had 4-5 inches of fresh powder.  She was a cautious intermediate.  Once she figured out the difference from a groomed run, it was a great place to get a feel for good ungroomed snow.

post #33 of 52

Neat thread! I definitely agree about Schoolmarm at Keystone and Galloping Goose/Double Cabin at Telluride. A few others...

 

- Academy at China Peak wanders through almost the entire mountain, including some great views and respectable vertical, all while avoiding feeling like a road or including unpleasant flats. Some fun rolling terrain, kind of like Schoolmarm.

 

- Boardwalk/Catalina/Sunset at Mountain High East. Seems to never be crowded; opportunities to wander into the trees just a bit with easy chances to bail out again; phenomenal views on a clear day of the mountains, the desert, the city, and all the way out to the Channel Islands.

 

- The "green" runs under the Mount Baldy Express in Mineral Basin at Snowbird. They'd be marked blue at pretty much any other resort I've been to, and include fantastic views and some fun opportunities for speed and picking your own path.

 

- Sunrise Ridge/Catwalk/East Yo/Cobabe Canyon at Powder Mountain. There are spots that can be a chore for skiers and downright unpleasant for snowboarders, but the way they roll through the near-empty forest and alongside a babbling brook, with occasional open vistas to great views, makes them worthwhile.

post #34 of 52

From top of Peak chair at Whistler, take cat track to Burnt Stew. Super long run with awesome scenery and there are places to get some speed up. Fun on a clear day. 

post #35 of 52

Banff Ave at Sunshine Village is a great way to end the day if you don't want to download on the gondola.  The constantly changing vistas of the mountains and trees as the run curves down the mountain is magnificent.  

post #36 of 52

Galloping Goose is indeed a good one.  Some annoyingish narrow parts, but great scenery and a loooonnnnnng cruise.

 

Surprised I haven't seen Seattle Ridge at Sun Valley mentioned.  Fun doing fast laps there and great views.  Steepish for a green.

post #37 of 52
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Surprised I haven't seen Seattle Ridge at Sun Valley mentioned.  Steepish for a green.

 

VERY.  In fact, I don't even consider Seattle Ridge green as those runs are every bit as steep as a typical blue at most western resorts, if not steeper.  If you are a beginner and afraid of runs with some incline, Bald Mountain probably is not the best place to go.

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Double Cabin
https://youtu.be/J6OQpFxODwQ


Telluride, correct?

 

post #40 of 52
Yes ,telluride
post #41 of 52
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VERY.  In fact, I don't even consider Seattle Ridge green as those runs are every bit as steep as a typical blue at most western resorts, if not steeper.  If you are a beginner and afraid of runs with some incline, Bald Mountain probably is not the best place to go.

 

Wow... here's the Hillmap trace for the green run Muffy's Medals off the Seattle Ridge lift... it's consistently over 20 degrees for a long stretch. That definitely more "blue-like" than just about any green I've ever seen, which usually top out in the low to mid teens for their max pitch. For instance, Exhibition at Aspen Highlands is about 15 degrees in spots, but overall less pitched. And the blacks at Buttermilk are mostly no steeper.

 

This is a good example of the colors being relative to the resort they're at... 

 

post #42 of 52

If you like steep groomers, Sun Valley is the place to go.  What's funny about those Seattle Ridge "greens" is that from the top of the main mountain, you look over and see Seattle Ridge and those greens look VERY steep with no let up.  Upper and Lower College are also steep for a green run.

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Wow... here's the Hillmap trace for the green run Muffy's Medals off the Seattle Ridge lift... it's consistently over 20 degrees for a long stretch. That definitely more "blue-like" than just about any green I've ever seen, which usually top out in the low to mid teens for their max pitch. For instance, Exhibition at Aspen Highlands is about 15 degrees in spots, but overall less pitched. And the blacks at Buttermilk are mostly no steeper.

 

This is a good example of the colors being relative to the resort they're at... 

 

 

How did you put this figure together and measure the degrees?  Is that just google maps?

post #44 of 52
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How did you put this figure together and measure the degrees?  Is that just google maps?

 

No, not Google maps... it's http://www.hillmap.com

 

Here's a post where I explain a little of how to use it : http://www.epicski.com/t/147102/how-to-calculate-daily-vertical-without-technology#post_2007012

 

But it's pretty straight forward, and you could probably figure it out just clicking around. In addition to drawing paths, you can overlay some color-coded slope information (Cal-Topo), like this :

 

post #45 of 52

I remember skiing Double Cabin back when it first opened at Telluride ('86-'87 season).  It appeared as a blue run on that year's trail map (see Sunshine Peak area in trail map below).

 

 

 

I remember being surprised that it was a blue as it was clearly easier than all of the other blue runs at Telluride.  I think Telluride was considering not grooming it on a regular basis that first year, but then quickly shelved that idea as people were getting stuck in the snow as the run just wasn't steep enough.  As a result, it was one of the easiest blue runs you will find, but a great area for people learning to ski who needed plenty of room to make turns with no concern of getting run over by better skiers who might be crossing the run as there were no intersecting runs along the entire length.  The following year's trail map (see below) was changed to reflect Double Cabin as a double green (a designation Telluride uses for advanced beginners - one I think is extremely helpful for people new to the sport).  I think I only skied down Double Cabin one more time (in 1995) after that initial foray during the opening season.  Note that there was no such thing as Mountain Village back then.

 

post #46 of 52

I gather that Big Emma used to be green all the way to the top.  Now the upper section is marked as blue.  @Altanaut noted the change when I took the free tour with her on a day with lots of fog.  Picking down Upper Big Emma with limited visibility would definitely not be fun with a beginner who only skis greens.  I and the other guest were advanced skiers taking it easy to learn more about the frontside, so we were fine.  But I spent a couple days skiing Snowbird as an intermediate quite a while ago, one in a snowstorm.  I got a little bored staying on the Baby Thunder lift.

post #47 of 52
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It's amazing how much the character of that run changes from night to day. At night its a fun, quick, long cruiser. During the day its a slalom course in a slushee. 
 


+++ Schoolmarm at night is my favorite run at Keystone, one of my favorite runs anywhere. Some parts of the trail are heavily lit, while other parts are dim like train tunnels. If you go to Keystone on a day where Night skiing is offered, don't miss taking at least one night run down Schoolmarm.

 

I don't go anywhere near it during the day haha

post #48 of 52

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Lolapalooza at Sunday River. What an awesome run, with a gorgeous view at the top.

post #49 of 52
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Hard to argue with Galloping Goose.  Telluride has another outstanding green run in Double Cabin which is 2,000 vertical feet.  (Galloping Goose covers 2,700 vertical feet.)


I understand the inclusion of it - it's a signature green - but I was underwhelmed by it.  Trees obscured views and a lot of slow, narrow spots.  To be fair, conditions were springlike, so perhaps not showing its best for me.

post #50 of 52
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also some solid greens at bigsky on andesite. Don't remember their names.

For Big Sky, I'd put Mr. K above Sacagawea and Deep South, which are two of the three on Andesite.  Mr. K has nice views, great varied terrain (some slightly steeper parts plus some flats).  It's used for teaching - which shows how the variations can be used for instruction.  For me it's a great run to start the day on as a warmup and finish it with an all-out easy blast down to the base.  That said, I'm not sure I'd put it up against a run like Great Eastern . . .

post #51 of 52
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Toll Road at Stowe. Walt's Run at Sugarbush.

Toll Road came to mind. Long, winding trail through the woods. Very atmospheric. 

post #52 of 52
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Lolapalooza at Sunday River. What an awesome run, with a gorgeous view at the top.

Yeah, you can see Mt Washington in the distance from the top. I first hit Lollapalooza ungroomed after an 18" storm in 2015, definitely not a run for beginners or cruisers. Totally different experience this year.
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