The New York Daily News recently named the most dangerous ski slopes in the world, complete with the headline "Wipeout!" - exclamation included. Anyway, apparently two of them reside in Vermont. Warning. Sorry, Warning!
Here's what the Daily News tells us about these dangerous slopes at Mad River Glen, and Smuggler's Notch, which is known for its family programs. But with such danger lurking, how can that be?
In describing Smuggs' Black Hole trail, the News writes, "Smuggs is one of the more popular year-round resorts in New England, offering a variety of slopes for all levels. But only advanced - or suicidal skiers - dare brave the Black Hole, the only triple black-diamond trail in the eastern U.S. notorious for loads of natural obstacles and a 53-degree pitch."
As for Mad River, well, they seem to think the whole mountain is dangerous. Run. Sorry, Run!
"The rough terrain at this ski area in Vermont was named the most challenging in the east coast U.S. by SKI magazine - and that's before taking into account the 38-degree pitch of mad [sic] River Glen's infamous Paradise run."
Here's some footage of each. Judge for yourself. Personally, makes me want to ski, not burrow into a corner of a room in fear.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.