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Steepest pistes in The Alps

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Good production values.

Video covers onpiste stuff.

But the steepest parts of the Alps are semi-piste or offpiste, like Chamonix and Verbier.

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Harakiri is an easy black imo, wide and open and usually pisted up nicely.

Not the Alps but the Flypaper at Glencoe is probably the steepest feeling 'piste' in Europe, although any black covered in sheet ice feels like the steepest run in the world at the time.
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Harakiri is an easy black imo, wide and open and usually pisted up nicely

The top half was icy as f*ck when me and my buddies did it (2013).
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Whitegold wrote:
........

But the steepest parts of the Alps are semi-piste or offpiste, like....


Never! snowHead
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@Whitegold, the name on the tin is ‘Steepest pistes in the alps’?
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Whitegold wrote:


But the steepest parts of the Alps are semi-piste or offpiste, like Chamonix and Verbier.



The pic is of Mont Fort which is a marked piste.

Under the cables is usually off piste but in the past (and in this pic it looks like) they have “pisted” it and used it for speed skiing competitions. Straight lining it would be quite something!
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Gamsleiten 2 coming up in 3 weeks. Can’t really remember it as particularly steep, but it was 10 years ago. We will be reacquainted
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Seilbahnrinne in Innsbrück, although never groomed I guess..
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BobinCH wrote:
Whitegold wrote:


But the steepest parts of the Alps are semi-piste or offpiste, like Chamonix and Verbier.



The pic is of Mont Fort which is a marked piste.

Under the cables is usually off piste but in the past (and in this pic it looks like) they have “pisted” it and used it for speed skiing competitions. Straight lining it would be quite something!
Is there a piste from the top? Last time I was up there I watched a guy going bump bump bounce bump bump all the way from the top to the bottom. His skis were still somewhere at the top...
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Grand Couloir Courchevel?
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@Steilhang, you can see it on the right hand side of the pic. It’s marked from the top but only bashed from half way down where it mellows and turns into a lovely motorway!
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BobinCH wrote:
Whitegold wrote:


But the steepest parts of the Alps are semi-piste or offpiste, like Chamonix and Verbier.



The pic is of Mont Fort which is a marked piste.

Under the cables is usually off piste but in the past (and in this pic it looks like) they have “pisted” it and used it for speed skiing competitions. Straight lining it would be quite something!


Looks like it ends in a cliff too?! Doe the SPeed guys take parachutes in case they don't pull up in time at the bottom?
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Woosh wrote:
Seilbahnrinne in Innsbrück, although never groomed I guess..


Officially designated a skiroute not a piste, otherwise it would be up there I guess!
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Last time I was up there I watched a guy going bump bump bounce bump bump all the way from the top to the bottom. His skis were still somewhere at the top...

That was me in 2001 Laughing Laughing
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A black in Avoriaz, halfway down a track type piste crosses it and the drop in from there had me trembling.
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I noticed a poster in a gondola at lech last week which was showing a run under the rufikopfbahn as 80% (72degrees) in one section of the run. Only way to access it is via a black ski route from the rufikophbahn and pommel lift and I believe the only way down after that is via the 80% route so window shopping is not possible Very Happy
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MogulMonkey wrote:
I noticed a poster in a gondola at lech last week which was showing a run under the rufikopfbahn as 80% (72degrees) in one section of the run. Only way to access it is via a black ski route from the rufikophbahn and pommel lift and I believe the only way down after that is via the 80% route so window shopping is not possible Very Happy


80% is about 38° (100% = 45°, or 1 in 1, 1m forwards = 1m down)
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@MogulMonkey, 80% is about 40degrees. 72degrees would look and feel like an actual cliff!
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clarky999 wrote:
BobinCH wrote:
Whitegold wrote:


But the steepest parts of the Alps are semi-piste or offpiste, like Chamonix and Verbier.



The pic is of Mont Fort which is a marked piste.

Under the cables is usually off piste but in the past (and in this pic it looks like) they have “pisted” it and used it for speed skiing competitions. Straight lining it would be quite something!


Looks like it ends in a cliff too?! Doe the SPeed guys take parachutes in case they don't pull up in time at the bottom?


Nope. You get a Darwin Award if you can’t stop!
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I did that a couple of years back. It’s bl**dy initimidating at the top - you basically throw yourself over a ledge and need to get a couple of turns in quickly to avoid the walls on each side. Was surprised it’s a piste as the risk of injuring yourself blowing out the landing must be quite high!
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BobinCH wrote:
I did that a couple of years back. It’s bl**dy initimidating at the top - you basically throw yourself over a ledge and need to get a couple of turns in quickly to avoid the walls on each side. Was surprised it’s a piste as the risk of injuring yourself blowing out the landing must be quite high!


Respect !


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I see that the camera cut away from the landings of at least two skiers...
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I've looked at Corbet's a couple of times and decided that the bragging rights didn't outweigh the rock walls. Maybe in a very high snow year in which there was a really big sissy ramp to snowplough down........
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We have our own local version of Corbets, this, which I've skied. Very nice as it is only a 20 minute drive rather than an 18 hour flight.

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Dave of the Marmottes wrote:
I've looked at Corbet's a couple of times and decided that the bragging rights didn't outweigh the rock walls. Maybe in a very high snow year in which there was a really big sissy ramp to snowplough down........



The difficulty varies wildly, based on snow conditions.

Easy in fresh snow. Harder when icy.

~95% of folks cheat and sidestep halfway-down before jumping in.

It is not very long. Lasts a few seconds.

Hucking off the cliff is easier if you can land it. You can ride straightdown past the sidewalls and avoid the sharp turns.
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A post about pistes in the Alps seems to have drifted off piste...
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Captain Primrose wrote:
A post about pistes in the Alps seems to have drifted off piste...


On the contrary, surprisingly enough Corbett’s couloir is a marked piste!!!
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@BobinCH, unless Continental drift has speeded up I don’t think Corbett’s is in the Alps.
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Captain Primrose wrote:
@BobinCH, unless Continental drift has speeded up I don’t think Corbett’s is in the Alps.


Ah yes good point!
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@BobinCH, unless Continental drift has speeded up I don’t think Corbett’s is in the Alps.


Not sure about Continental drift, but thread drift is a snowheads tradition Madeye-Smiley
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I've skied directly down from Mont Fort and it's not that bad. That photo, unusually, makes it look steeper than it is. And there's no cliff at the end, in fact there's an uphill bit.

At Xmas, Plan de Fou was scarier as they'd pisted it and if you fell, you'd have a hard time stopping if skis came off.

I've also skied the HariKiri, which is absolutely fine.

And I've also looked at Corbet's and like DoM I decided against it. It was an overhang, with an exposed area of rock in the obvious landing zone and an approx 3-4m drop in. Sod that.

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