The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing and skiing.
“Without a rope there is no fear, because to fall is unthinkable.”
Located at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and named after renowned local ski instructor and Everest conqueror
Barry Corbet, this 10,450 foot high, double-diamond ski run has been described as “America’s scariest ski slope.”
The entrance to Couloir is a huge test for skiers since it involves dropping off a cornice with a free fall of anywhere between 10 and 30 feet,
followed by a 60-degree slope. “It’s steep and you do not want to fall as you may go all the way to the bottom,”
according to extreme skiing champion Chris Anthony.
With an average incline of 78 percent, the Harakiri is the steepest slope in Mayrhofen, Austria — so legendary that it draws a large
cheering section of ski enthusiasts who watch the more extreme skiers tackle the run from the comfortable six-person chairlift, Knorren,
where many often tumble down the length of the run. Named after the Japanese ritual of suicide by samurai, Harakiri is
“the world’s steepest groomed slope, with a pitch of 38 degrees,” according to Samantha Berman, Senior Editor of Ski Magazine.
“The only thing crazier than skiing it is watching them break out the specialized equipment needed to groom the slope.”
Located in Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Crested Butte, Colorado. It is a 275-foot vertical drop at 55 degrees. Fortunately,
for the more fearless skier, this run is a merciful 700 vertical feet, but it’s still arguably “the steepest cut run in North America
with a consistent 45-degree pitch,” according to Samantha Berman, Senior Editor of Ski Magazine. “Throw in some downed trees to
negotiate and snow that sloughs off the top, and it’s clear how Body Bag got its name.”