With Snow Skiing season going full blast now, we thought we would take a look at which Ski Resorts offer the most challenging slopes in the United States. These slopes are not for beginners, though many of the resorts also offer beginner slopes.
It was not hard to find the most challenging slopes as year after year they seem to be and stay the same ones.
Most Challenging Ski Slopes in the United States
If only for Corbet’s Couloir, a world-famous chute that begins with a 30-foot drop, Jackson Hole’s reputation would be cemented. Known for steep lines, tight chutes, mandatory cliffs and other extreme terrain, Jackson Hole is the destination for expert skiers. Names like Corbet’s and S&S; are legend within hardcore ski circles. While the resort’s reputation is that it’s for experienced and expert skiers, it is a destination that attracts skiers of all abilities each season. Jackson Hole’s reputation for big-mountain skiing and riding begins with big-mountain stats. The resort is one of the few locations in the United States that offers more than 4,000 feet of vertical drop: 4,139, to be exact. Jackson Hole is largely recognized as the most challenging ski resort in the United States, if not in all North America. Half of Jackson Hole’s terrain is rated expert and Jackson runs consistently appear on official and unofficial lists of “most challenging” and “most extreme.”
Crested Butte has no shortage of steep slopes, with 542 acres of “Extreme Limits”—inbounds, double-black diamond terrain that will make you feel like you’re in a Teton Gravity Research Experiment. It’s no wonder extreme skiing competitions take place here. Run laps on the High Lift and North Face T-bars, feeding your hunger for adrenaline with runs like Headwall, Teocalli, Spellbound, and Phoenix Bowl.
But it’s Rambo, which tickles both sides of 50 degrees, that gives Crested Butte its claim to the steepest cut ski run in North America. The advantage of Rambo is that it’s a sustained pitch, unlike some of these other runs that level out after a few turns. Test your endurance by hitting The Glades on the way.
At over 1,000 vertical feet and 40 degrees, Great Scott can make even the most seasoned tourist ride the Tram back down. Great Scott and the surrounding cliffs contains some of Snowbird’s most challenging terrain with the ability to show the people on the Tram, just how much better you are than them. While it’s not the most difficult run at Snowbird, Great Scott’s steep entrance, rocky knuckles, and consistent pitch provide a good litmus test for any skier or boarder who wants to tackle vertical terrain. But making it even more terrifying is the difficult terrain, a mix of rocky outcroppings and trees that have wiped out even the most advanced skier.
Trail maps don’t make a distinction between advanced and expert here, maybe because a good portion of the expert terrain is unmarked. Experts and extreme riders will love anything off the black designated chairs. Cliffs, steeps, and cornices abound. If it’s open there is some terrain under the lower end of the cable car around the Broken Arrow peak that’s very gnarly. The Silverado chair has several “leaps of faith” near it, and the climb to the top of the Granite Chief peak should provide some thrills. For steep trees, look between the Red Dog and Squaw Creek triples.
These are the top most challenging in the United States, if you think you know Snow Skiing, these areas would be the ones to test your skills. Go For It!