Colorado is Home to Steepest Tree Cut Ski Run in North America
Having grown up in the small, mountain town of Eagle, Colorado, one question I'm frequently asked upon meeting someone new is, "Do you ski?" with which I typically come up with some way to explain that while I did spend a lot of time in Vail growing up, I hadn't been on a pair of skis since the 6th grade.
However, in my youth, I definitely recall skiing a lot of green runs at Beaver Creek, Vail, and Sunlight, as well as a lot of blues, and maybe two or three blacks, tops.
That being said, it should come as no surprise that nothing I'd ever skied compares to an especially notorious run in Crested Butte called Rambo, which is known as the steepest tree-cut ski run in North America.
Crested Butte Colorado's Rambo: The Steepest in North America
Rambo is a run in Crested Butte that makes even expert skiers or snowboarders shudder.
The ski run is 900 feet long, holds a 55-degree pitch nearly the entire time, and is one of the few ski runs in which you can see the bottom before you can see the entire run.
Rambo is so dangerous that the ski resort purposefully neglects taking down trees on it in order to discourage skiers and riders from attempting it. In addition, the ski run is filled with shrubs, rocks, and tree stumps.
Because of this, the ski run is not only dangerous for the skiers and riders who attempt it but also for their skis and boards.
Keep scrolling to take a virtual ride down Crested Butte's notorious Rambo: