Like the Big Bend, the Big Schuss is one of the steepest sections of the Thunderbolt.  But unlike
the Big Bend, it is not a part of the original trail.  The Big Schuss was added during the 1937
re-route of the Thunderbolt.  The Big Shuss is about 200 yards long and 60 feet wide.  It is 33
degrees at its max pitch.  It turns slightly to the left just before the bridge at the bottom which
brings skiers across Hoxie Brook and down to the Bumps.

In the 1950's and 60's, the Thunderbolt Ski Club operated a rope tow on the Big Schuss.  Club
members would each bring a gallon of gas to run the engine for the day.  They would also gate
the Big Schuss to practice slalom races.

Today the Big Schuss exists just as it did in 1937.  There is a famous forked Maple tree that
grows on the trail that can be seen in old photos. To the left of the trail near the top, if you look
carefully you'll see an old pulley for the rope tow up high in a tree.  The Big Schuss is a
challenging section of the Thunderbolt.  With huge trees lining both sides of the trail, a slip or
bad turn can result in severe injury.  
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Skiing on the Big Schuss in the 1950's.
A ride up the Big Schuss on the rope tow.
A view of the Big Schuss looking down the trail.
A view of the Big Schuss looking down the trail.
"...and then I schussed the Schuss.  That was part of my game plan."
                                        - Bill Linscott, describing his run to win the 1942
                                                          Massachusetts State Downhill Championship
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Race brochure for the 1940 Eastern Downhill Championships.
Booklet for the New
Haven R.R. Snow Train.
Race brochure for the 1940
Eastern Downhill Championships.
Skiing on the Big Schuss in the 1950's.
Climbing the Big Schuss for some beautiful April back-country skiing.
Climbing the Big Schuss for some beautiful April backcountry skiing.
Thunderbolt Ski Club members gate the Big Schuss in the 1950's to practice the new slalom technique (note the shack for the rope tow engine in the background).
Thunderbolt Ski Club members gate the Big Schuss in the 1950's
to practice the new slalom technique (note the shack for the rope
tow engine in the background).
Skiing on the Big Schuss in the 1950's.
A ride up the Big Schuss on the rope tow.
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A rare picture of a racer about to enter the Needle's Eye.
A rare glimpse of a racer on the Big Schuss