With the Kings and Queens of Corbet’s kicking off this week at Jackson Hole, Wyo., it seems fitting to highlight North America’s toughest, steepest, make-you-go-weak-in-the-knees terrain.
Sure, Stowe’s Goat, Crested Butte’s Rambo, Squaw’s KT-22, and of course Corbet’s Couloir are all legit runs that should absolutely be on every skier’s bucket list. After all the press they get, we imagine that they already are.
So here’s a new list of challenging in-bounds North American runs and terrain pods. Can you tick off at least five of these 10? It’s never too late to get started.
Steep Gullies, Arapahoe Basin, Colo.
Doug Evans drops into the Steep Gullies, A-Basin’s aptly named extreme terrain comprising several rock-lined couloirs. You can see U.S. Route 6, a.k.a. Loveland Pass, wending through the valley in the distance. Photo: Keri Bascetta
Not a single run but rather 129 acres of new-in-2018 extreme terrain at Arapahoe Basin, this little pod belongs on any skier’s list. Gullies 1-9 are double-black-diamond chutes with varying degrees of “natural features”—trees, cliffs, boulders, etc.—that require a hike back to the ski area.
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