When we're riding the lift my son likes to talk about the trails he would have on a hypothetical "dream" mountain. The lineup usually starts with a perfectly "seeded" bump run, one run with a series of "pillows" on rock steps (not that either of us have ever attempted skiied a series of stepped "pillows" on rocks, or are capable of getting through them intact), a steep powder run, etc.
We also discuss which 10 runs we would combine from all of the ski areas we have skied to come up with a single "dream" mountain. Sticking to the East (and to mountains I have skiied), here's the 10 runs I would choose, along with the reasons why:
1. Paradise, MRG--reasonably long run and wide, can ski it 10 times following 10 completely different paths;
2. Sigi's Ripcord, Sugarbush--shoulder-height spring bumps;
3. Bear Trap, Mt. Snow--short run of mellow south-facing bumps with a dedicated lift and good music to ski to (I won't ski with ipod)
4. Lynx, MRG--pretty birch glade;
5. Barkeater Glade, Gore Mtn.--Long glade with a couple of reasonable pitches and a number of paths to choose from (I don't like single track glades, I prefer to be able to slalom through the trees);
6. Cirque Glades, Gore Mtn.--Even longer than Barkeater, but more mellow and has more choke points where it narrows to just one or two options;
7. Goat, Stowe--Still haven't been able to get to Stowe on a day that Upper Goat is open (or Upper Starr, for that matter...), but it's on the wish list. Even coming in to Goat from Haychute, I enjoy the length of the reasonably steep bumps on Goat/lower Goat;
8. Paradise to Ferret to Upper Glade to Lower Glade to Easy Way to Waterfall (and back to the Single Chair), MRG--my favorite top-to-bottom, leg-burner run;
9. Rumor, Gore Mtn.--Steep headwall followed by irregular, medium sized bumps;
10. Ovation/Lower Ovation and Superstar, Killington--by the time I get to Killington, Bear Mtn. is usually closed, so these are my favorites along with Low Rider glade (the longest, widest, glade I've found open at Killington); and
11. Upper Darby/Lower Steilhang, Gore Mtn.--both are narrow, twisty trails with short, steep drops, often littered with the wreckage of intermediate skiiers.
Which 10 trails would you choose to build a "dream mountain"?