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    Top of Jay Peak

    Might be too late for this season, but I am looking to try some of the terrain off the tram. Looks pretty treacherous so I like to plan my route in advance. But the official trail map is not very helpful and google maps is full of errors

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    Any issues with the corrections I drew in? Not sure what A, B, and C are called. And note how Sis Boom Bah has returned to the official trail map, even though it is not listed on the official trail report.

    I have watched a couple videos where the access to the Face Chutes is via a very narrow traverse, before it opens up, but I’m not sure exactly where that is on the map. And going down the wrong chute looks a little scary, as evidenced by this video by a guy who usually is very smooth going down some of the most difficult terrain in the east. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9Angy1lF71s Is hiring a guide recommended?



    I see St George’s Prayer is rated a blue square, is there any access to this trail other than via the Face Chutes? Maybe by cutting over from Northway?

    First time at Jay Peak I skied all the blacks off the Jet triple, plus CanAm, Liftline, Milk Run, JFK and Northwest Passage.
    How would you rank the remaining blacks in terms of difficulty?

    Face Chutes
    Tuckermans Chute
    Green Beret
    Valhalla
    Upper River Kwai
    Green Mountain Boys
    601 (formerly known as Upper Power Line)

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    I skied that terrain for the first time this year. Did Tucks three times and Face Chutes once...so I'm no expert...however...my reaction was "that's it?". Challenging narrow chutes for 150-250ft followed by wide runouts. They are challenging, but so short I was pretty disappointed given the hype.
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    The chutes are clearly substantially harder than the other black diamonds. I dont think any of the black diamonds are particularly difficult other than the 2 chutes.
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    People ski the trails at Jay? I thought they were only there to get you to the tree's.

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    If you survive the entrance the rest looks ..just somewhat difficult.
    Lets go!
    I'll drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiur View Post
    People ski the trails at Jay?
    The same could be said of the tram.

    Most seasons I ski 5 or 6 days at Jay Peak, and it's not uncommon I don't take a single tram ride.
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    Boring, climb the stairs, ski along the ridge and find a good place to drop in between the chutes and green beret. Much better and more challenging, plenty of lines through the trees once you hit tree line. People actually go to Jay to ski regular trails or open/obvious lines?

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    Urungus,

    I think "B" is Wedeimaster (or however it is spelled)
    "C" would be top of Ullrs via the Flyer.
    "A" not sure if it has a name....

    I just got back from Jay. Skied Sunday and Monday.
    Still a TON of snow but the melting is happening as the angle of the sun changes and mother nature does her thing. Plenty of snow in the trees, some of the bump runs are showing rocks, dirt grass etc. By judging from the top of the Jet triple, there isn't too much of the horizontal snow pipe showing meaning there is still a bunch of snow! (Past seasons at this time you could see all of that pipe.)

    I seldom take the tram and the flyer for that matter. So, I didn't ski off elevation 4k but everything off the Jet, Bonnie, and Flyer were great on Sunday, with the rain, Monday was a bit slushy and some trails like Goat were an experience in ice dancing!

    I am itching to go back up this week.....need to let my legs recover! I skied open to close with a break to watch Tiger win the Masters!
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    Is it worse than Dechutes at Park City? If not...nbd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machski View Post
    Boring, climb the stairs, ski along the ridge and find a good place to drop in between the chutes and green beret. Much better and more challenging, plenty of lines through the trees once you hit tree line. People actually go to Jay to ski regular trails or open/obvious lines?

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    The very top of the saddle is pretty much unskiable now. However, pumphouse chute is still completely filled with the exception of the very top. You could still ski to it from the Saddle, but barely.

    Agreed with others that Tuckerman chutes and the face are nothing special most of the time. In great snow conditions however, uppe FAce chutes offers fun challenging option. Most of the time, it's just a traverse, side-stepping rocks to the open face. Currently, Face chute can only be accessed from Tuck's skier right traverse.

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