Where to find the best corduroy
We all love untouched powder and without doubt it’s the best ski and board experiencebut the second best has to be carving big GS turns down a perfectly groomed untouched corduroy slope. The experience is like skiing on silk with a fantastic smooth feeling under your planks. Here’s a quick guide on some of the resorts that pride themselves on their groomers and their grooming;
For many years Beaver Creek has boasted about its immaculately smooth trails and it certainly isn’t an empty boast. Try “Harrier” at the top of Centennial express which is a wide tree lined blue perfect for digging two big tram lines in the slope. Watch out though as the run at the bottom turns into a blackand can often have a few moguls – could turn a bit hairy!
I’m sure the legend and local resident Stein Eriksen would agree that Deer Valley has the most amazing long groomed pistes. And with only a limited amount of skiers allowed on the hill per day there is a very good chance of skiing untouched corduroy at last lift. “Orion, Solace and Supreme” are three blue’s from the top of Empire that will exhilarate and excite especially if you get some of that fresh legendary Utah powder.
Forget about the fur coats, Courchevel also boasts white jeans! Get up on the first lift and from the top of Saulire and fire down the red run “Creux” before the crowds get there. The only word to describe it is “orgasmic!”
The Piste machines seem to work overtime here and they even groom a lot of the steep blacks here. Get yourself over to Cote 2000 and try out the Ladies downhill run which is exhilarating if not a little scary in places, cat suits optional.
Though Sunshine is famous for steep pitches such as “Dilirium Dive” other skiers and boarders who like to cruise will love some of the perfectly manicured slopes on this amazing mountain. Get to the top of the Wawa quad chair and you have a couple of amazing wide blues where you can either cruise or carve some big Long radius turns down. Very addictive and you can often find yourself riding that chair all morning.