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Skiing One Million Vertical Feet

By Eric_Gieszl on April 7, 2008 | 5 Comments Comments

If I've been missing in action on Ultimate Rollercoaster lately its because of other activities that I enjoy.

In December I decided that I was going to count how much vertical feet I would ski this winter. After the first five days of skiing in the end of December I decided to set a goal to ski one million vertical feet this season and I surpassed that goal on March 23, 2008 my 37th day. In total, I skied 1,034,692 vertical feet in 38 days.

To ski that I had to ride 676 ski lifts at Snowmass, Buttermilk, Telluride and Crested Butte ski areas.

My single best day was March 20, 2008 when I skied 53,748 vertical feet at Snowmass Ski Area in Colorado and rode 35 ski lifts that day.

More than 1/5 of my vertical was skied on the Big Burn chair at Snowmass - 117 rides for 233,181 vertical feet.

Now that winter is over its time to refocus the attention back to roller coasters and theme parks.


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Number of Comments: 5

Added by recess on May 16, 2008 @ 01:09:13 PM

That's quite an accomplishment. Congrats!

Added by mapew9319 on May 29, 2008 @ 12:00:50 PM

WOW! I saw your message on the skiing advice topic, and I thought you were exageratting! I ski pretty often, and I was just trying to add all of my vertical feet up. Holiday Valley (went there 3 times this year) has 750 vertical feet, and I often ski down a a slope that goes form the very top all the way to the bottom. I kept track of how many times I skied it, 47. I also skied down the Wall, which is horribly steep, 6 times. And I figured I skied smaller hills that took about half of the hill or so about 30 times.
So at holiday valley, I skied about 51,000 vertical feet

Kissing Bridge does not tell the amount of vertical feet it has, comparing it to Holiday Valley, I'd say about 250. I went to Kissing bridge 8 times, and had about 20 runs or so each day(the lifts are a bit old and slow). Every slope is about the same height. So at Kissing Bridge
I skied about 40,000

Grand total for the season: 91,000

Oh and one more thing, that skier that is in the picture on your profile page, is that you? (I doubt it is, but if it is, WOW!)

Added by eric_gieszl on June 25, 2008 @ 11:33:03 PM

Snowmass Ski Area in Colorado has the largest vertical drop of any ski are in the United States. That affords me a significant advantage over where you're skiing so comparing the two is not fair.

I do ski a lot and no the picture on my profile page is not of me skiing. However, I do ski terrain exactly like that. I have been skiing for 25 years.

Added by mapew9319 on July 14, 2008 @ 09:42:37 PM

Oh...that terrain is insane! Looks like maybe 60 degrees, and it's not groomed. Steepest I've been on is the wall at Holiday Valley. I think it's about 37 degrees. I've been skiing for 3 years, I didn't start until I was 15. Can't wait for next skiing season!

Added by eric_gieszl on August 15, 2008 @ 02:49:23 AM

I've been skiing for 27 years. I started when I was 8-years-old at June Mountain in December 1981. I really don't know what the steepest slope I've skied is. I've skied some very steep runs in the 45-degree range before.

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