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Spankys Ladder Vertical Feet: 1,650

Location: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Getting There: accessed by taking a left off of the top of Glacier Express chair and hiking up the slope to the right. The boot-packed steps are normally easy to spot, but the 50-foot climb is steep and can take your breath away.

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Ruby Bowl

Like the other bowls off of Spanky’s Ladder, Ruby Bowl is accessed by taking a left off of the top of Glacier Express chair and hiking up the slope to the right. The boot-packed steps are normally easy to spot, but the 50-foot climb is steep and can take your breath away. The hike takes you to a knife-like ridge, and stay to the skier’s left to traverse to Ruby, one of the more simply accessed bowls off of Spanky’s. (There is some side-stepping necessary to avoid the rocks and cliffs at the top.)

The bowl opens into an expanse of lower angle, wide turns snaking through the remaining cliff areas. This area is best suited to experts who don’t mind putting in a little cardio to reach untouched snow.

Sapphire Chutes

Also accessed at the top of Glacier Express chair by hiking up Spanky’s Ladder, the entry point into Sapphire Chutes is the most intimidating of any run at Whistler Blackcomb, arguably of any in-bounds ski trail anywhere. From that knife-like ridge at the top of Spanky’s, go skier’s right into the high traverse across Garnet Bowl to the shaded side of the ridge that is home to the Chutes. Pretty much the only way in is a straight line through the narrow rock openings. The farther right you go at the top, the scarier it gets.

These chutes are designed for true adrenaline junkies comfortable with hitting their top speed between rocks before reeling it in on slower, more controlled turns.

Ready to take on the challenge at Whistler?

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How To Ski It

 

From the top of the hike, head skier's left into Garnet Bowl and stay left to hit Ruby Bowl. It's the easiest place to drop into the wide-open bowl skiing on tap here. On lap two, test yourself on Diamond Bowl (straight ahead after the bootpack) or Sapphire Chutes (skiers right)/ Both are harder to get into and more intimidating, but the payoff is big. 

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GoPro: Stan Rey skis Spanky's Ladder