by: Ben - 8th January 2010

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 3Nightlife
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Value
Steep, steep, steep, laid back, well laid out
Kind of small

Full review

This hill really is an oxymoron. It's extremely laid back. It's a small giant. It's both fast and slow. Steep, fast runs, and slow lifts. Extreme terrain, but everyone's relaxed about it. By far this mountain packs the most punch per square acre than any other mountain than probably Silverton. The average pitch of this hill has to be over twenty degrees, which makes for some excellent skiing. The Montezuma bowl, while icy when I skiied it, offers a nice southern and sun facing exposure that I'm sure is quite refreshing on sunny days right after a storm or when it softens up in the spring. The rest of the mountain has pretty much everything, except on a smaller scale than it's other Vail resort brothers. There is a lot of fun to be had off the east wall, especially jumping off all those rocks. And nothing really quite compares to skiing above tree line. Plus, their proactive approach to consrvation is refreshing. The only downside: it is small. The runs are not especially long, and a vast majority of the mountains named runs can be skied in a couple of days. If they had any high speed lifts, the mountain could be skied out in just one day.
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