What Ski Areas Have Few Lifts, Big Vert and Steeps?


  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
    Expert
    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 1 August 2016 · 21:36
    My favorite areas end up being the ones with few lifts -Whitewater in BC, Alpental in WA, Silverton in Colorado, Mad River Glen, VT. La Grave, FR, Andermatt. CH, Alagna, IT.

    What are some others?
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 3 August 2016 · 05:02
    Disentis is another good one.
  • oday
    Elite
    oday op 9 August 2016 · 17:29
    Las Leñas in Argentina
  • meteomorris
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    meteomorris op 30 August 2016 · 12:11
    Alps:
    South Face of Schladming/Dachstein: http://wepowder.com/playgrounds/ramsau
    Diavolezza (Engadin): http://wepowder.com/playgrounds/engadin-sankt-moritz...
    Bonneval sur Arc: http://wepowder.com/playgrounds/bonneval-sur-arc
    Passo Tonale (some world class couloirs): http://wepowder.com/playgrounds/tonale

    Pyrenees:
    Pic du Midi de Bigorre (Tourmalet) http://wepowder.com/playgrounds/tourmalet
    May the powder be with you.
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 4 September 2016 · 05:58
  • Polhovsky
    Expert
    Polhovsky op 8 October 2016 · 00:18
    Kicking Horse (Golden, BC), Las Leñas and La Hoya (Argentina), Gulmarg (India), Craigieburn (NZ)
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
    Expert
    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 8 October 2016 · 22:10
    No love for Mallnitz?
  • oday
    Elite
    oday op 24 October 2016 · 18:18
    Shames - Great place, friendly locals and lot's of good skiing. Here's a good link to the ski touring around the ski hill

    http://backcountryskiingcanada.com/Shames%20Mountain%20Backcountry...
  • Storpotatisen
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    Storpotatisen op 25 October 2016 · 15:12
    Peio in Italy, two lifts and 1600 vertical meters. No crowds what so ever.
    ~~Storpotatisen~~
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 25 October 2016 · 20:37
    Does Peio/Pejo hold snow well? It's southfacing, so I was wondering.

    Also, the area to climbers left of the upper cable car - is that skiable?
  • Storpotatisen
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    Storpotatisen op 26 October 2016 · 15:00
    @chester_tartsnatcher I've only skied there for a day, march last winter, but ohh what a day.!.60 cm of fresh and no one wanted it, except me. Despite that amount of fresh snow, I still managed to run into some rocks buried deep under, So No, it doesn't hold snow very well as it is south-facing.

    Unfortunately they did not open the top that day, and it was pretty cloudy so I couldn't see the surroundings very well. But according to the topographic map it should be possible to ski various routes from the top, also the one you mention. But simply going outside the piste from the top should do it as well, and the snow probably holds better here as it is northeast-facing.

    Happy Hunting.
    ~~Storpotatisen~~
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 26 October 2016 · 23:21
    @meteomorris, I didn't get up to Bonneval Sur Arc when I skied around the Maurienne. It does look like it would be worthy.

    I did ski around Val Frejus and Val/Mont Cenis in the Maurienne and Frejus had some really great sidecountry, plus the little couloirs under the upper lift were pleasantly spicey.

    Thanks @Storpotatisen , Pejo has been on my radar for a while and I've wondered if it might be good.
    (I'm only just getting used to the @ convention - we old hackers used to view the web as a place where identity should be protected...facebook and twitter kind of fly in the face (pun intended) of all that.)
  • Storpotatisen
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    Storpotatisen op 30 October 2016 · 11:26
    @chester_tartsnatcher Ohh, of course there is Macugnaga as well. Two lifts and 1700 vertical. Every now and then,when snow come from the south, it really dumps . It could even look like it did on the "old-guys-rule-trip" from last year.... 😃
    ~~Storpotatisen~~
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
    Expert
    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 31 October 2016 · 16:41
    Macugnaga has been on my radar for a few years.

    There's too much pow in your video to get much information! But it looks great. Refugio Zappa is just off the top of that Pecetto chair.

    I've wanted to check out the Monte Moro area and wondered if the south facing attribute wrecks the snow or if you an ski from Bill down into Staffa proper. I know it's not too tricky, conditions providing, to get from Monte Moro to Saas Almagell, which would be cool.
  • Storpotatisen
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    Storpotatisen op 31 October 2016 · 19:04
    The south side takes a beating when sun's out, that's for sure. We skied first day on Monte Moro and the lower parts were closed due to lack of snow. And this was in beginning of february
    Yeah, I think the trickiest part of skiing to Saas-Almagell would be to get back home.. Either a looong tour back, or an expensive taxi.. But it would definately be a cool run to do.

    Saas-Almagell has some excellent tree skiing as well by the way, when conditions are good that is.
    ~~Storpotatisen~~
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
    Expert
    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 31 October 2016 · 21:51
    Saas Grund is another one that looks decent - a little less dense than Saas-Fee with E/NE exposure and good amount of vertical:1600+ and skiable all the way!

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