Rambo, located at Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado, holds the prestigious title of being the steepest ski run in the United States. The pitch is set at an astounding 55 degrees, meaning you’ll be holding on for dear life almost every turn. You’ll be dodging a copious amount of trees and navigating through many moguls on your way down, increasing difficulty in making it to the bottom of the run. Also lurking beneath the surface are hidden rocks and stumps that can create a significant problem if one wrong turn is taken. On top of all of these factors, you’re fully committed once you drop in on Rambo. The only way to the bottom is successfully completing the run!
Some have called it the scariest 900 feet of skiing they’ve done in their entire life, and for good reason. Even with respectable competitors for the “Steepest Run in America” title, such as ‘Corbet’s Couloir at Jackson Hole and ‘The Wall’ at Aspen Highlands, the almost incomprehensible pitch of Rambo puts it squarely in first place on this list.
If you’re considering attempting this frightening run in the heart of Colorado ski country, please be sure to ski with a buddy, understand your limitations, and be prepared for one of your life’s most difficult ski experiences!