Every resort, every mountain and every hill, whether big or small, has at least one great groomed run.

Last month, we shared a list of North America’s Favorite Mogul Runs. This month, in that same spirit of social media inclusivity, and randomness, we’re sharing our list of North America’s Favorite Groomers.

As with mogul runs, this list is totally random, dependent upon the answers we received on our social media channels. Still, we hope it inspires you, not only to get out and ski or ride and cut up the corduroy, but also to help us build our list by sharing your favorite groomed run in the comments.

Sunday River: The Overall Winner

With 800+ acres spread across three miles of peaks, Sunday River has a top-notch grooming team. Shout outs for this Maine favorite included American Express, Rogue Angel (both blue runs), Lollapalooza (a green run) and Monday Mourning, a black-to-blue run that is often reserved for race training.

North America’s Favorite Groomers: Sunday River

PHOTO: Sunday River

Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort, came in right behind Sunday River, with one person calling Gondolier “my favorite run to fly down.”

Other northeast favorites include the Tote Road and Glancer at Sugarloaf, Vermont and the Wilmington Trail at  Whiteface, New York.

Snowshoe: Long Runs in the Mid-Atlantic 

Moving south, Shay’s Revenge and Cupp Run at Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia have loyal fans. Two of the longest runs at Snowshoe (about 1500 vertical feet), these runs are off of an advanced lift, so as one person put it “there is no need to dodge beginners or intermediates who think they are ready for black runs.”

North America’s Favorite Groomers: SnowShoe Mountain

PHOTO: McLennan/SnowShoe Mountain

Canada: Tremblant and Whistler 

Amongst Canadian resorts, runs at Quebec’s Tremblant and British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb took top honors.

Tremblant’s Algonquin was described as “a very easy, wide, long and beautiful green run,” unless it’s ungroomed following a storm. Then Algonquin becomes an “experts only” run.

At the other end of the spectrum, you find steep and fast Dave Murray, a black diamond run at Whistler that was used for the Men’s Downhill at the Vancouver Olympics.

North America’s Favorite Groomers

PHOTO: Dave Murray National Training Centre

Classic Sun Valley

If you’re looking for long, immaculately groomed terrain in the northern Rockies, it seems Sun Valley is your place. Two groomed runs were especially popular: Upper and Lower College and Warm Springs.

Upper College is recommended for the views down into Ketchum, while Warm Springs turns out to be a leg-burner at 2.5 miles long and 3000 vertical feet. One person described it as having “the straightest, truest fall line imaginable.”

North America’s Favorite Groomers: Sun Valley

PHOTO: Sun Valley

And while Utah didn’t get any shoutouts for bumps, two groomed runs in did make our list: Cloud Nine at Canyons and Nabob at Deer Valley.

Southwestern Sweetness

Tucked into the Southwestern corner of Colorado, you’ll find the spectacularly beautiful town of Telluride with huge vistas of the San Juan mountains and beyond. If you like your runs with a view, See Forever is for you. It starts high atop a ridge and winds down the mountain, with alpine eye candy all the way.

North America’s Favorite Groomers: Telluride

PHOTO: Telluride

Similarly, Gayway at Ski Santa Fe, is said to offer grooming and beautiful views, while many people swear by the high alpine grooming off of the Big Burn lift at Snowmass.

Go North: Alyeska 

Finally, there was a shout out for Silvertip at Alyeska, Alaska. A blue run from the summit, Silvertip is described as “easy and wide” with breathtaking mountain to ocean views of Turnagain Arm, part of the Cook Inlet.

North America’s Favorite Groomers: Alyeska

PHOTO: Alyeska

Build the List

While this list is a good start, there are some gaping holes (California, anyone?).

We’d like to fill them.

So, if you have suggestions for groomed runs in California, the Pacific Northwest, the Upper Midwest and famous resorts like Jackson Hole, let us know. We’ll take suggestions from any resort anywhere in North America!

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3 responses to “North America’s Favorite Groomers”

  1. skiheffley says:

    All runs mentioned are more then worthy of being honored here. One I’d like to add to the list is “Inspiration” located on Big Mountain at Whitefish. You begin at the summit coming down a gentle cruiser being “inspired” by the view of the Flathead Valley. Then you’ll feel a slight left side pitch under your skis/board . . . time to pay attention to the groomer cause you’re about to take off on a great run all the way to the bottom.

  2. James says:

    How is Peak to Creek on Whistler mountain not mentioned? 5000ft of vertical. Amazing on a sunny spring day, when the snow is buttery soft corduroy. Feels amazing to set off from the peak only to arrive at valley bottom many minutes and turns later. I don’t see how anything else on this list comes close.

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