Love to ski bumps? So do we, so this fall we went in search of "North America's Favorite Mogul Runs."
Although hardly scientific, we put out calls on social media asking skiers and snowboarders to name their favorite bump runs. We didn't specify if the runs had to be hardest, or the longest or the most famous bump runs. We just wanted to start a list and start a discussion.
Here's what we found out.
When it comes to moguls, skiers and riders love Colorado.
In particular they love Winter Park's Mary Jane Territory. Without a doubt, the runs at Mary Jane received the most mentions. Some people qualified their nominations: "Mary Jane front side has the best bumps - until they turn into Volkswagens," wrote one skier.
Others were quite specific, noting, "Any of the runs off of Derailleur are good for heart-throbbing bumps. For a perfect practice bump run, Over 'n Underwood on the Winter Park side will serve you well."
Vail was right on the heels (or would that be back bindings?) of Mary Jane. Prima into Pronto and Highline both were mentioned, along with Look Ma.
The West: Gunbarrel and More
Moving west, we skipped right over Utah, a state that, surprisingly, did not get one mention. Or maybe that's not surprising. I have a Salt Lake-based friend who claims that Utah doesn't have bumps, because the mountains get so much snow.
California, however, has bumps, most famously the bumps on Heavenly's Gunbarrel. Each spring skiers compete in the Gunbarrel 25, attempting laps down this steep and deep face, before their legs turn to jelly.
Squaw Valley's famous KT 22 was also nominated - all of the terrain, not any particular run.
Northern Bumps: Canada West to East
Bumps at Whistler Blackcomb? You'd better believe it. According to our poll, In Deep, Gear Jammer and Gnarly Knots are three of the many runs worth mentioning.
Moving east to Alberta, check out Mt. Norquay. As one person put it, "Don't forget anything off the North American lift. Bumps, bumps, bumps - and they get bigger all season. It is some of the steepest, bumpiest terrain out there."
Mogul skiing in French is "ski de bosses" and there are plenty of bosses in Québec. At Mont-Sainte-Anne, near Québec City, the twin runs La S and La Super S were nominated, although only La S is guaranteed to have moguls. La Super S is often groomed.
Another bump run to look for when you're skiing en français, is Sous Bois at Mont Sutton.
The East: Big Mountains, Little Mountains
Although Killington received, by far, the most shouts in the East, it was interesting to see how many bump skiers love the runs at the region's many smaller mountains.
Starting with Killington, it's no surprise that the "beast of the East" has some beastly bumps, especially on Outer Limits, home of the annual Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge. With a bit less pitch, but still plenty of moguls, Superstar was Killington's runner-up.
As for the smaller mountains, one respondent called Belleayre in New York's Catskill Mountains, "the best place to learn to ski bumps," citing short runs of "progressive difficulty right next to each other."
Build Our List
As mentioned above, there was nothing scientific about this poll. Our goal was to start a list and keep it going as we build the stoke for winter.
So please, help us out. Nominate your favorite bump run, let us know what we missed and also, let's find some moguls in Utah. You just know they're out there.