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I'm sure we've done it before but the carving thread prompted me by consensus that Pierre a Ric is usually a nightmare cos of punter traffic.

I'd add Happy Valley - St Anton
Green road down to L2A

Any other nominees
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Boulevard Cumin in VT.
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Santons - Val D.

Any piste with @mihaid or @stanton on it.

No scratch the last statement, as Mav said, "I call that a target rich environment."
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Any piste with @mihaid or @stanton on it.


Oh wait, neither of them actually ski do they...
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@Dave of the Marmottes, I thought that if you picked the right time Pierre a Ric was fantastic.

My worst one has to be Ours into Mottaret too flat but better than it used to be.
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SnoodlesMcFlude wrote:
Boulevard Cumin in VT.

This was the first thing that came to my mind too. Tis especially fun first thing on a morning when its thawed and refrozen over night rolling eyes
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Dave of the Marmottes wrote:



.....Green road down to L2A.......


+1 for the 'road'..... Shocked
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I don't know what it's called but that enormously long flat path in Kitzbuhel that leads down to Aurach, from where the only way out is by helpfully waiting taxi.
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Any run that has no snow on it
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Wilde Grub'n, Stubai Glacier. The only (*only*) redeeming feature is that you don't have to download at the end of the day.
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Piste M in Val 'isere the way down from Solaise to Val. especially late in the day.

Icy with narrow steep sections and full of scared beginners.
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The run from the Boe lift to Passo Campolongo at three in the afternoon, all moguled up, a timid skier sat on each lump, and smart alecs weaving in and out of them at high speed. Horrible! Confused snowHead
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I know it's the silly season and all but aren't most of these "functional" runs e.g. to avoid downloading, so a. can be avoided and b. not really open to criticism on that basis.
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TQA wrote:
Piste M in Val 'isere the way down from Solaise to Val. especially late in the day.

Icy with narrow steep sections and full of scared beginners.


Many years since I have skied in Val D. I don't remember Piste M - but when I was there, that description suited Verte down to La Daille. Often in a state of bottle ice, with the odd bit of thin powdery snow which the more expert can turn on, whilst beginners crashed into the rocks at the side. Got when I was a beginner, and in turn I saw it happen to many others over the years.
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Oooh, the ski runs I got were in St.Anton after getting into a pile of moody gammon... spoo
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Les Desmoiselles or whatever the back to resort green is in LDA
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SnoodlesMcFlude wrote:
Boulevard Cumin in VT.


I wonder if anyone has ever tried it twice.

There is a green in Killington where they should really sell you skins before you start. It is either Great Northern or Great Eastern
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achilles wrote:
TQA wrote:
Piste M in Val 'isere the way down from Solaise to Val. especially late in the day.

Icy with narrow steep sections and full of scared beginners.


Many years since I have skied in Val D. I don't remember Piste M - but when I was there, that description suited Verte down to La Daille. Often in a state of bottle ice, with the odd bit of thin powdery snow which the more expert can turn on, whilst beginners crashed into the rocks at the side. Got when I was a beginner, and in turn I saw it happen to many others over the years.


Verte is usually in very good nick these days. The snowmaking has helped enormously over the last few years and even if its "hard" its rarely a problem.

I avoid Piste M late in the day - can be mogully, icy, or just chocka with people sideslipping. Should be better now that the new Solaise is in situ and beginners can download a lot easier.
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Plein Sud in Val Thorens can be a minefield late in the day. Lots of traffic heading back to the hotels plus people who've over indulged at the Folie Douce, combined with the lower half especially being very chopped up make it a challenging experience!
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Red 66 (I think), the return route from the Rastkogel (Mayrhofen) area down to the base of Penken valley.
Long soft to crudded & bumped (BT traffic) snowfield, often crazily busy with way too many mainly early intermediate skiers and boarders who haven't got a technical clue how to deal with it - then feeds via narrow linking further descent into more long field of the same, only steeper, busier and often hardpack to ice.
Get the cable car!!!
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Anything you have to pole on. Give me a mogul field, cut up and slushy, anyday over poling.
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Thornyhill wrote:
SnoodlesMcFlude wrote:
Boulevard Cumin in VT.


I wonder if anyone has ever tried it twice


I haven't Very Happy The one time I made the mistake it was made worse by the fact I was with a early intermediate 'border that I had to drag halfway.
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I quite like Boulevard Cumin but Mont du Vallon for some reason gives me the heebie-jeebies despite knowing that I've skied much steeper/worse. I just don't go there now, although I know that's a bit irrational.
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The green back to resort in L2A.

As a first week skier at the time, I can confirm it was blooming awful. Especially at 4PM!
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Anything in Morzine.
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Last steepish pitch on Valfagehr in St Anton, just above Rauz, anytime after around 9:30am. Usually glazed ice, studded with piles of scraped snow, and crowded. Suicide alley.
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@Dave of the Marmottes, Happy Valley.

The home run at Kaltenbach after 4pm!
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In reality there is no such thing as a bad ski run. Sure some are flat but functional, some get busy but with experience you'll know when and anyway it's a challenge, some get icy/rutted so ditto the last point.

One run I remember not liking was a run above Courcheval 1650 (I think) that had a series of rollers/ridges that stretched across the piste and were thus unavoidable. Rollers are no fun IMO.
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Rollers are no fun IMO.


Really? Why? Personally I like pistes with changes of pitch, bends, banks etc. I'm less enamoured by ones that are straight and constant gradient - just a bit uninspiring, Unless they are VERY steep of course Very Happy
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Rollers are no fun IMO.


Really? Why?

Because you can't do much with them. You can't ski round them like a mogul. You can't really jump them like a riser. You just kinda piston the knees ride them. Not easy to describe, I just don't like them. It's quite rare to get natural rollers. If they are varied in height, gap, they are fine. By me.
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Layne wrote:
jedster wrote:
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Rollers are no fun IMO.


Really? Why?

Because you can't do much with them. You can't ski round them like a mogul. You can't really jump them like a riser. You just kinda piston the knees ride them. Not easy to describe, I just don't like them. It's quite rare to get natural rollers. If they are varied in height, gap, they are fine. By me.


The wu tangs you get on a flat cat track that isn't groomed everyday but gets high traffic can be a right PITA , you want to maintain speed but are losing energy with each "absorb" or you relax and run the risk of launching. Same as a high traffic traverse where you end up scrubbing your tips more and more uphill and trashing the traverse to avoid being launched off it.
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Last stretch of the Vallee Blanche below the glacier down through the trees and rocks - its better to walk up to the railway and catch the train.
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Totally depends on conditions. Was absolutely fine last time I skied it.
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ansta1 wrote:
Santons - Val D.


Actually it's a good run when it's quiet. Admittedly that doesn't happen all that often.
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I agree with all those comments about green run down into l2a, however my absolute worst run is the one at the end of the holiday Crying or Very sad
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