Hola, snow compadres! This week's epic blog topic: top 5 mogul runs.
There you are, sitting at the top of your favorite mountain. On your right side is the comfort and ease of a nicely groomed run, and on the left is a difficult and exhausting mogul run -- what do you do? Shake and bake baby!
For some, moguls are a badge-of-honor; for others, they're worthy of avoiding like the plague. Regardless of your preference, you're in the snow and you're cool! So let's get down to the nitty-gritty. There are too many trails and too few slots for this to be final, so what are some of your favorite mogul runs? Share them in the comments below!
-- By Greg Champion, Manager, Partner Strategy at Liftopia, Inc.
Did your mountain help groom the first female Olympic Gold Medalist for mogul skiing, who went on to become a three-time Olympian, seven-time national champion, five-time world champion and an inductee to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame? If so, you have the right to brag about your sick mogul rains, plain and simple. This incredible athlete is Donna Weinbrecht, and she learned to ski the Outer Limits at Killington.
Copper Mountain is located 75 miles west of Denver in the heart of Summit County, Colorado. If you are coming from the West Village, take the Union Creek lift to Timberline Express and hit "Little Burn." This run has some fun bumps that seem to go on forever. Definitely another thigh burner. Disclaimer alert, "Little Burn" runs directly underneath the Timberline Express quad so take note of the chairlift-peanut-gallery from above (but don't worry, you'll rip). If you're over at the East Village Alpine lift, check out "Far East," "Triple Threat" and "Too Much." Any of these runs will leave you with wobbly legs and a perma-smile.
The KT-22 chairlift at Squaw Valley rises high above the base and is home to famous trails such as the Fingers, Eagle's Nest, Chute 75, Olympic Lady, Moseley's Run and Julia's Gold. A lot of skiers will say that Eagle's Nest is one of the steepest runs in North America, but one of the more well known runs (and my personal favorite) would be "Moseley's Run," named after famed mogul skier Jonny Moseley. The West face of Squaw Valley's KT-22 holds some of the most legendary Lake Tahoe moguls. Après-ski legends whisper rumors of vertical feet numbers in the 1,800-2,000 foot range, but whatever the actual number may be, the runs are long, steep monsters and they're not for the faint of heart.
Winter Park's mogul runs are some of the best in the world, and the resort takes pride in its long, perfect rows of bumps. The Mary Jane is not super steep, but it's filled with classic, bumpy runs. Just like it says on the bumper sticker, "No pain, no Jane." Fun fact. Our friends at Winter Park sat around one afternoon and wondered just how much energy it takes to move moguls uphill. Energy is calories, and calories are beer, so suddenly they found themselves calculating the number of beers it takes to move moguls uphill. Answer? It takes about half a beer to move a mogul one yard, and moguls can move up to 10 yards in a season. That's five beers per mogul, and there are a LOT of moguls... meaning you guys are really doing your part to move them uphill each season!
It's not quite a run, but rather our friend Jake Hickman from Tahoe, taking his first mogul run after suffering a life-altering injury while competing at a U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Selection Competition. The impact caused a spiral compression fracture of Jake's T8 vertebrae, with an incomplete paralysis of the spinal cord. The High Fives Foundation provided Jake with rehabilitative healing therapies such as Physical Therapy. These therapies, along with time spent on the trails and in the gym with his TRX Suspension Training System, would not be possible without the generosity of 81 (and counting) donors that have directly contributed to this up and coming ski star. To learn about Jake's epic journey, check out this video put together by the High Fives Foundation, and while you're at it, learn about all of the great things the organization is doing for athletes just like Jake. Jake, the Liftopia team is rooting for you, bud!
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