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10 Ridiculous Ski Resort Names

Sugarbush, Vermont with typically gnarly American piste names. Photo:

For anyone aged 14 or over with an immature sense of humour, Sugarbush is only going to have one connotation.

It is also, happily, a fine example of what Chris Moran described in our 100th issue as a peculiarly North American tendency to give rather tame slopes death-defying names. For example, ‘Jaws of Death’, ‘Agony’ or ‘Exterminator’ (see above).

The French on the other hand take a rather different approach. As Chris noted: “There’s nothing quite like watching an elderly American couple rag-doll down a ‘Blue’ run named┬áBellec├┤te which is actually a rock-strewn 50-degree mogul field.”


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