We ranked our favorite mountains for steep chutes and extreme terrain.
These are the best advanced ski mountains where the double black diamonds point down with a steep incline.
Here are our picks of the best.
The Peak at Crested Butte is a well known ass kicker. Butte is famous for very steep chutes: try Banana Chute. It is their forte and pride.
They officially claim 23% beginner, 57 % intermediate and 20% advanced.
Not sure who did this accounting but I couldn't dissagree more.
Perhaps they don't want to scare people.
The vast majority of the upper mountain is double black diamond steep chutes. You won't get to it all in one day. I LOVE IT!
See: color terrain contour image of Crested Butte
See our review of Crested Butte CO for more information.
Great terrain, great town, great time!
They are fully dedicated and committed to the advanced skier.
Steep tree runs, steep faces, steep chutes off of the upper ridge line, steep mogul runs, ... they do steep here!
See: color terrain contour image of Taos
Taos is the host of the 2007 Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships.
It has only one, two seater
chair lift installed in 2002
and requires traversing or hiking to reach many of the runs.
While much of Silverton Mountain resembles back country skiing
and is ungroomed, it is avalanche controlled.
This is NOT a luxury resort and hosts a wood stove heated pordiv
tent/building structure as its "lodge".
You can rent the required avalanche beacon, shovel, avalanche probe and knapsack.
Heliskiing was introduced in 2008, and for for $150.00 per drop, its a deal. This sure beats the long hikes to fresh powder.
Open Thursday through Sunday.
See our review of Silverton Mountain CO for more information on the chutes and the rest of Silverton.