Originally Posted by SBR
Coulier extreme is probably the most famous expert run at whistler and will def make you **** yourself if you've only been in Ontario/Quebec. It isn't anywhere close to 60 though, I think its around 48.
Personally I think its overrated, I find the stuff off spanky's ladder to be much more fun.
I'm not really sure what to say about getting into shape. I don't think a balance board is going to do a huge amount for you but its better than nothing.
just to confirm (this was always hazy in my mind for some reason), pitch refers to the following:
i.e. 60degrees is way less steep than 45degrees and anything less than 45degrees = you slide right down?? and 90degrees = perfectly flat?
i thought that some stuff in heli-skiing territory was steeper than 45degrees but if 45=100% then that kinda implies <45degrees = impossible to ski?
is that the case? if not, am i just missing that the 100% thing is confined to "non-extreme" skiing?
this all seems crazy to me b/c i did goat last year and it HAD to be steeper than 45degrees implies. like i'd bet lots on that. so wtf is going on here lol?
EDIT: ok i searched for "goat stowe pitch" and got this:
With an average pitch of 36 degrees, 3241-foot-long Goat is arguably the most challenging trail at Stowe, if not in all of New England.
so obv pitch is correct in my mspaint diagram above. i'm still totally lost as how 45degrees = 100% and it seems steep trails are closer to 100% than flat trails unless 36degrees could then be >100%.
EDIT2: Further thought: i remember dropping into stuff in utah that HAD to be like 15-20% pitch at the very beginning before flattening out and definitely the stuff i dream about doing at chugach has parts that are that steep at the top. further, if you watch any extreme skiing vids, they're doing stuff that looks like 5-10% pitch based on my diagram. so wtf is going on here w/ this whole pitch thing?
what is a "standard" east coast black? black? like 60 degrees (wildfire at killington?)? does that make stuff like devils fiddle at killington like 50 or 55 degrees?
i dunno this whole pitch concept never got drilled into my head obviously and now i'm curious...