Best underappreciated trails
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wgo
December 15, 2005
Member since 02/10/2004 🔗
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So I was at Wintergreen yesterday for my first day of the season. I ended up spending a lot of time on Sunrise, since much of the Highlands was closed. Maybe I was just enthused to be on skis again, but I had found Sunrise to be much more fun than I remembered - somewhat steep at the top with more of a sustained pitch than I remembered and not too wide. It got me to thinking, what are some other underappreciated slopes at our local resorts? In other words, given than each resort has its "Marquee" slopes, what are some other slopes that are fun in their own right?
jimmy
December 15, 2005
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Good question. Alpine Meadows at 7 Springs i think, not a long slope but with nice pitch, glades and skiing the lift line is fun. Never seems to be crowded but the ride back out is one of the longest windiest coldest on the hill.
gatkinso
December 15, 2005
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316 posts
Ramble at Canaan. No one is ever on it!
kennedy
December 15, 2005
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792 posts
Farside at Whitetail, seems to be the red headed stepchild.
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Rickh
December 15, 2005
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I agree. Whitetail should open Far Side first!!! It's the best of their runs.
tomimcmillar
December 15, 2005
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129 posts
Gunbarrel headwall at Roundtop.

Hear so many grumbles about it being too icey, too short, blahblahblah. If you can make consistent turns on it in all conditions, especially after they try to 'groom' it. Then you know you're doing something right. And most anything else you tackle turns into not so big a deal.
Taylormatt
December 15, 2005
Member since 12/3/2004 🔗
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Good question. Alpine Meadows at 7 Springs i think, not a long slope but with nice pitch, glades and skiing the lift line is fun. Never seems to be crowded but the ride back out is one of the longest windiest coldest on the hill.




I have to agree with that. Alpine Glades, under the blitzen lift and on skier's left, the old Sunrise lift line on a snow day are some of the best on the mountain. The funky stuff under and skier's left of North Face lift can also be very good when there's snow.
jb714
December 15, 2005
Member since 03/4/2003 🔗
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Alpine Meadows at 7 Springs




I'd agree with that, but I also like Little North Face. It never seems to have many people, so there always seems to be untracked snow somewhere, if you just look around a little. Also,at the top just below the pine trees that separate if from Lost Boy, the wind will sometimes create a nice cornice of windblown snow. One day last March there was a sheer drop of about 5 feet coming off of the cornice that was a blast.

I'm also fond of Giant Steps.
langleyskier
December 15, 2005
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Have to agree with farside at whitetail, it is by far my favorite slope there!!!
MadMonk
December 16, 2005
Member since 12/27/2004 🔗
235 posts
Bear Claw at Silvercreek/Snowshoe -
JCHobbes
December 16, 2005
Member since 09/12/2005 🔗
94 posts
Charger at Hidden Valley is pretty cool and underappreciated.

It's the only double black (other than the terrain park) and there's no snowmaking or lighting, and last year, I remember it being officially open maybe once or twice.

It's really nice, it's just never open.
Mack
December 16, 2005
Member since 12/19/2004 🔗
34 posts
J-Hook at Snowshoe.

Everything at Silver Creek.

wojo
December 17, 2005
Member since 01/17/2005 🔗
312 posts
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I agree. Whitetail should open Far Side first!!! It's the best of their runs.




Followed closely by Fanciful. "Empty when open" is the Fanciful bumpersticker.
maxsquat
December 17, 2005
Member since 12/12/2005 🔗
9 posts
For me...its the Exhibition at Jack Frost...I love it and hate it too...something about skiing on this particular blue trail underneath the lifts and dodging the support beams that really just gets me....maybe am being over paranoid
snowcone
December 17, 2005
Member since 09/27/2002 🔗
589 posts
shhhhh ... don't tell about J-Hook. That trail has got to be the best keep secret at Snowshoe. Took it today, fast and on my new 5 stars, as usual I was not disapointed. A totally awesome trail with a few surprises to keep you on your toes. Yeah sure, its not a black, but about the most interesting blue around.
BushwackerinPA
December 25, 2005
Member since 12/9/2004 🔗
649 posts
Blue Knob - Richie's run

Cool little bump run in the woods
chuckie
December 27, 2005
Member since 12/29/1999 🔗
77 posts
Quote:

shhhhh ... don't tell about J-Hook. That trail has got to be the best keep secret at Snowshoe. Took it today, fast and on my new 5 stars, as usual I was not disapointed. A totally awesome trail with a few surprises to keep you on your toes. Yeah sure, its not a black, but about the most interesting blue around.




Hmmm, here I thought I was the only one that thought that way about SILVERCREEK. Black, Blue, Green, whatever! If a trail is interesting, I don't care how it's rated, I ride it.

official statement: SILVERCREEK SUCKS, AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS! (it's the same message for HOMEWOOD at TAHOE)

I just got back from SNOWSHOE this weekend, good fun.

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