7 of the Scariest Runs in North America:

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Corbet's Couloir - Jackson Hole Credit: Eric Seymour/JHMR photo
Corbet’s Couloir – Jackson Hole
Credit: Eric Seymour/JHMR photo

Some of the Scariest Runs in North America: By definition, ‘scary’ is all in the eye of the beholder. Out on the ski slopes, steepness and scary are often partners in crime. How steep is steep? Generally speaking, beginner runs have a steepness of about 10 degrees, intermediates about 20 degrees, experts 30-45 degrees and insanity is anything higher.

Things like rock outcroppings, narrow chutes and other natural obstacles are also key ingredients to a crazy-hard run. Below are the some of the Scariest Runs in North America – in no particular order.

Cause sometimes to live your dream you have to face your fears. 

Delirium Dive – Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada

Sunshine Village, Banff Credit: MetroNews
Sunshine Village, Banff
Credit: MetroNews

Delirium Dive conditions change constantly and there is avalanche danger that may require closure on short notice.

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
The area must be open. To check the status, call 1-403-762-6511
You must carry and know how to use an avalanche transceiver
You must carry a shovel
You must carry collapsible avalanche probes
You must have at least one other person with you

Ski Banff

Corbet’s Couloir – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

When Corbet’s is open, people line up in droves at the entrance to peek in. But none of the hype means any skier should take the run lightly: it’s a seriously consequential, high-speed drop onto a 45 degree slope that requires good conditions and multiple powerful, technical moves on skis or a snowboard to successfully execute.

Teton Gravity Research

 

Kill the Banker – Revelstoke, Canada

Kill the Banker, Revelstoke. 2012. photo: Brian Schott
Kill the Banker, Revelstoke. 2012. photo: Brian Schott

“Kill the Banker at Revelstoke Mountain Resort has to be one of the most fun runs in the world. [Some of the]  “steepest cliffs known to man while technically being out of bounds, but it’s located directly beneath the gondola, so you’re never too far from hearing the cheers from your peers.”

Sean Cochrane, Pro Skier

Tuckerman’s Ravine – White Mountains, New Hampshire

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“A line with no fall zones (read: don’t fall or you’ll sustain injury or death), frozen water running in long sheets over the ski line, cliffs lining the route, and rock bands perforating the interior. Add that to terrain which, in areas, chokes down to merely double the width of your skis and has a 50+ degree pitch sustained nearly the entire length of its 1,200’ fall line.”

Gina Begin, Ski Blogger

Goat – Stowe Mountain Lodge, VT

Stowe Mountain Lodge, VT
Stowe Mountain Lodge, VT

Goat/Upper Goat/Lower Goat – As far as challenges go, Goat and Upper Goat take the award for crazy Stowe things to do. They are arguably the most difficult trails on the mountain. Upper Goat starts you off with 1,000 feet of trail with an intense fall line to the left, while Goat itself is 1,241 feet of ledges, boulders, streams and a few moguls just to keep things interesting. Lower finishes you off with 100 windy feet of rocks and ledges.

BBOnline

Rambo – Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado

Credit: Crested Butte, Facebook page
Credit: Crested Butte, Facebook page

Bragging Rights » At 55 degrees, Rambo is one of the steepest cut trails in the States. Huge bumps. Straight fall line. Full throttle.

Skinet

Pipeline Couloir- Snowbird, Utah

Pipeline Couloir - Snowbird Credit: Snowbird
Pipeline Couloir – Snowbird
Credit: Snowbird

Its 11,000-foot summit is gnarly to access by hike — most seasons you have to rappel from a rope down to the entrance while wearing ski boots and carrying skis. Plus, you’re required to sign a waiver before entry.
The pass is narrow, about 15 to 20 feet wide, and the ride is pockmarked by loose rocks at the top. It’s a straight line until the apron opens up.

Business Insider


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3 thoughts on “7 of the Scariest Runs in North America:

    1. yeah,,, rt now real skiers don’t live near tahoe, lol
      author didnt mention eagles nest, aka mckonkeys off KT, or how bout any of the lines in the chimney area of palisades? not very long, but def takes balls and has big ol pucker factor, hmmmm must hv only mentioned lines she skied, corbett’s not that rowdy, seriously there are some burly a$$ lines in east side sierra, or we just talking lift access?….wth
      go give N Couloir of Dade a look n see, did 1st known descent back in Apr ’95, no go pros then sooo,,,,guess really cant claim it then….haha

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  1. If a line has to have horrible conditions to be scary, then it’s not a very scary line. thus exit Tuckerman’s (not a ski area anyway) and Goat. What, are you striving for some east west equal representation? that’s not really the point is it?

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