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west coast ski areas w/o lodging at base

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Kooky question regarding west coast ski areas: 

1. of those in the Tahoe region that have no (or very minimal) lodging at the base, which provide the best skiing?  Alpine Meadows, Sierra at Tahoe, Mt Rose - do these fit that category?  Are there other more appropriate examples with good terrain?  I don't know the region that well.

2. Same question for Oregon and Washington State - top two or three ski areas that fit this category.

3. Western Canada?

Thanks.

 

post #2 of 14

For Washington the three areas with the best terrain are Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, and Mt. Baker in my estimation.  If you want lots of intermediate terrain, take out Mt. Baker and insert Mission Ridge.

 

Crystal has some lodging, but it is pretty minimal.  None of the others have any at all.

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Mt. Bachelor, considered by most the best resort in Oregon, doesn't have lodging at the base.On Mt. Hood, Mount Hood Meadows, the best area on Hood, doesn't have lodging either. TImberline has the fantastic Timberline Lodge, built in the 1930s, but I never considered it lodging at the base as it is a special place.

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tromano, I might write a short piece about the special joys of skiing at "anti-resorts", including some I have visited around the US and others I have never been to.  Which areas would you nominate for this category in UT or WY?  Snowbasin is a special case regarding no slopeside lodging.

 

Thanks for the feedback from Posaune and Rio.  The PNW is unusual WRT my question.  The ski areas there are relatively large, but remain day-tripper operations for certain reasons.  Never skied the PNW, but I'm guessing Mt. Baker would be the nearest thing to an anti-resort in the region.confused.gif 


 

 

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Never skied the PNW, but I'm guessing Mt. Baker would be the nearest thing to an anti-resort in the region.confused.gif 


 

 


Baker is certainly an anti-resort.  Aggressively so.  However, it still has a few urban types with fru-fru "cabins" who frequent the place.  If you're looking for anti-resorts in their full bloom, check out some of the ones that are small.  In WA we have Loup Loup, Ski Bluewood, and Hurricane Ridge which are remote and unspoiled as far as I know, though I've never been to any of them during ski season.

 

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The only resorts I know of in UT with no slopeside lodging whatsoever are  Snowbasin, and Beaver Mt.

 

Alta and Brighton also have pretty limited lodging options.

 

I am pretty sure Targhee has limited lodging on the mountain as well.

post #8 of 14

Turner in Libby Mt,  is about as anti-resort as you'll find anywhere. 

post #9 of 14

In Tahoe, I'd add Homewood to the list.  There are littler guys, too: Boreal, Soda Springs, Tahoe Donner, Donner Ski Ranch.

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Powder Mt  UT  fits loosely.  Other than a small motel at the lifts there is no lodging till you go 5 to 10 miles down the rather steep access road

to where there are plenty of cheezy looking condos in Eden UT.

 

Elk Meadows UT, which closed within the last decade,a small area near Beaver UT,  was run as an excuse to sell real estate. I skied there during

the SLC Olympics.   (If I'm not wrong -likely) the county gave them an ultimatum to install a sewage plant "or else".

The developers didn't so they got closed down.

 

 

A-Basin  no lodging (& spotty cell phone coverage)

Monarch CO   none of any size outside of Salida 25 miles away.

Wolf Creek  CO  none   Though locals are fighting plans of a Texas developer to add enough stuff to look like Disneyland.

 

MT Rose  Tahoe  great "chutes"  no lodging at base.

 

hth

 

post #11 of 14

Well, if you're going to include Rocky Mtn areas as "west coast" then consider Monarch (mentioned above). Santa Fe, and Discovery Basin.

post #12 of 14

Does Dodge Ridge have lodging?

post #13 of 14

Check out whitewater in BC as well...only about 20 mins outside of nelson, but zero on hill accommodation. Just 3 old fixed grip chairs, crazy amounts of snow, and some of the best tree skiing anywhere. Easily one of the best hills ive ever skied.

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Mt Hood Meadows should be on the list.  Great skiing, including some nice night skiing.   In addition to Meadows, nearby is Timberline and Ski Bowl, which claims to have the biggest night skiing acreage in the US and most black diamond night skiing.  Nearest lodging is at Government Camp or Timberline, also Hood River is a great ski town, an hour's drive from Portland.

 

I suppose Bachelor is the only destination resort in the (US) PNW, but as noted no lodging onsite.  No big deal, it's an easy easy drive from Bend.

 

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