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post #31 of 48

My favorite is the one closest to me-40 minutes. Mid sized resort. Not the most challenging resort, but it has varied terrain and one can find powder stashes three days after a storm. Friendly folk. Low key. Lifts are slow, but the lines are short-real short mid week. $4.50 pints of microbrew.

 

There is something about being a local. Usually run into friends, esp on weekdays. Staff know my face.  Nice having a locker and a parking pass. Fun playing tour guide to friends from out of town.

 

 

post #32 of 48

The OP begs the question that each of us has a favorite mountain. If I won a week's vacation at my favorite mountain, it would take some deep thinking to actually name it. I've great memories of at least 6 areas. But, my ski friends would have to be included too, as it's hard to separate them from the mountain. My heart says Jackson Hole may stand first among equals...the mountain, the wild west town, Epic local's as friends, the views.

 

What a great dilemma!

post #33 of 48



well said, so just make it your adopted "local mountain"  icon14.gif

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The OP begs the question that each of us has a favorite mountain. If I won a week's vacation at my favorite mountain, it would take some deep thinking to actually name it. I've great memories of at least 6 areas. But, my ski friends would have to be included too, as it's hard to separate them from the mountain. My heart says Jackson Hole may stand first among equals...the mountain, the wild west town, Epic local's as friends, the views.

 

What a great dilemma!



 

post #34 of 48

There seems to be a soul connection between Jackson Hole, Alta, and Squaw Valley. I know I could be ex-streamly happy at all three. icon14.gificon14.gificon14.gif

post #35 of 48
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There seems to be a soul connection between Jackson Hole, Alta, and Squaw Valley. I know I could be ex-streamly happy at all three. icon14.gificon14.gificon14.gif


I feel the same about JH and Alta ... never been to Squaw but have TWO trips booked so far this season, so I shall find out.

 

post #36 of 48

This is about as easy to articulate and get consensus on as what makes you love one person and not another. I can say that my favorite is the one such that, when I go to drink from it, I usually find the right beverage at the right temperature, perfectly satisfying even when it's not what I thought I wanted. And when I don't ... it's pretty much always my fault.

 

What that means specifically in terms of a ski hill is: beautiful surroundings, construction that reflects humility and love of nature, no hordes, variety of natural terrain features, and a historical sense of personal connection. A note on this last item: I love to ski out West. Clearly the skiing there is "better" in most objective senses than what I'm used to. And I suppose if I lived there for the rest of my life, I might develop deep enough roots there to be able to call a western are my "favorite." Right now that could never happen, simply because I've lived my whole life in the Northeast and only a Northeastern area speaks to me with the familiar sights, smells, sounds, touches, and people that have come to mean skiing to me over nearly five decades.

post #37 of 48

All my favorite mountains have gravel parking lots.  Even the ones I haven't been too yet.


Edited by 24 Seven - 10/27/11 at 7:15am
post #38 of 48

While I struggle to define my "favorite" place to ski, I can say that I lean toward ski areas rather than resorts.  Maybe I would feel differently about Europe, but the resorts I've been to in NA are too commercial and "fru fru" for my taste.  I like the skiing, but feel uncomfortable with the rest of it.  

 

Ski areas are local and "organic" if you will.  That's my cup of tea.  I guess that I'm a bit spoiled in that my two home areas have terrain that rivals that of any big resort, though not as much of it.  Maybe I'd feel different if home was a ski rink.

post #39 of 48

I think everyone here pretty much knows my favorite mountain is Magic. 

 

What makes it my favorite?  Damn, that's a lot of things.  First and foremost has got to be the hill itself- steep, rocky, exposed and with trees everywhere and more secrets than the entire "real housewives" cast combined.  What makes the hill great though is the people and the infrastructure- it has an open tree skiing policy, patrol is laid back and management doesn't allow too much grooming, which keeps the hill natural and adds an extra element of challenge which I love.  Never uptight, snobby or stuffy you can stroll right into the owner's office and he likely knows you by first name- even the employees are more of a family than coworkers.  Then you have the social environment which really sets it apart from the rest.  The people there are so cool, so inviting and so helpful, it's almost like they all can't wait to rush to another skier's aid no matter how random the need.  It has been called "Cheers on skis" by many and for good reason- it is a very tight knit community that grows every year.  Everyone has really come together to open up and show people what Magic is all about and when we get an idea to make the place better, we can muster the troops and make it happen- like new glades, chair refurbishing, different fundraisers or shareholder programs.  It literally makes anything possible and that is truly motivating.

   

 

I know I say it all the time but it's a very inspiring place to ski and be in general.  It is a place that not only will raise your pulse and challenge you as a skier every day, but feed your soul as well.  It's one thing to have a great hill, it's a whole other to have a benevolent community of awesome, motivated and friendly people- and to have both is truly a blessing and has made a very real impact on the direction and scope of my life.  I feel infinitely lucky to be a part of this tiny corner of the world while it experiences a phoenix-like ski rennaisance and shows the mega resorts how it's done. 

post #40 of 48

#1 fun/playful/huckable terrain (both inbounds and slack), #2 how easy is it to find pow, long after a storm, on said awesome terrain

post #41 of 48
Thread Starter 

Agree with you 100%. I'd rather ski at a smaller local resort almost every time over a big time resort.

 

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While I struggle to define my "favorite" place to ski, I can say that I lean toward ski areas rather than resorts.  Maybe I would feel differently about Europe, but the resorts I've been to in NA are too commercial and "fru fru" for my taste.  I like the skiing, but feel uncomfortable with the rest of it.  

 

Ski areas are local and "organic" if you will.  That's my cup of tea.  I guess that I'm a bit spoiled in that my two home areas have terrain that rivals that of any big resort, though not as much of it.  Maybe I'd feel different if home was a ski rink.



 

post #42 of 48
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I think everyone here pretty much knows my favorite mountain is Magic. 

 

What makes it my favorite?  Damn, that's a lot of things.  First and foremost has got to be the hill itself- steep, rocky, exposed and with trees everywhere and more secrets than the entire "real housewives" cast combined.  What makes the hill great though is the people and the infrastructure- it has an open tree skiing policy, patrol is laid back and management doesn't allow too much grooming, which keeps the hill natural and adds an extra element of challenge which I love.  Never uptight, snobby or stuffy you can stroll right into the owner's office and he likely knows you by first name- even the employees are more of a family than coworkers.  Then you have the social environment which really sets it apart from the rest.  The people there are so cool, so inviting and so helpful, it's almost like they all can't wait to rush to another skier's aid no matter how random the need.  It has been called "Cheers on skis" by many and for good reason- it is a very tight knit community that grows every year.  Everyone has really come together to open up and show people what Magic is all about and when we get an idea to make the place better, we can muster the troops and make it happen- like new glades, chair refurbishing, different fundraisers or shareholder programs.  It literally makes anything possible and that is truly motivating.

   

 

I know I say it all the time but it's a very inspiring place to ski and be in general.  It is a place that not only will raise your pulse and challenge you as a skier every day, but feed your soul as well.  It's one thing to have a great hill, it's a whole other to have a benevolent community of awesome, motivated and friendly people- and to have both is truly a blessing and has made a very real impact on the direction and scope of my life.  I feel infinitely lucky to be a part of this tiny corner of the world while it experiences a phoenix-like ski rennaisance and shows the mega resorts how it's done. 



What he said...

 

post #43 of 48
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A place where you can park for free, close to the lifts.

 

A place that is not over crowded.

 

A place that has quality lifts that sweep you to the top in one shot.  The more vertical the better.

 

A place with a wide variety of terrain, aspects & snow conditions.  Not just steeps & chutes but some trees & nice, consistently groomed cruisers too.

 

A place where the management & staff actually care if you're having a good time.

 

A place with a long season, the longer the better.

 

A place with definable areas for all levels & types of snowsporters & everyone gets along.

 

A place that updates their conditions accurately & frequently.

 

A place with a warm, affordable & convenient spot to meet for apres libations.

 

& this:

 

Thanks,

JF


Guess that I could reasonably expect to run into you if I stop by A-Basin.

 

post #44 of 48
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Guess that I could reasonably expect to run into you if I stop by A-Basin.

 



nah its in Utah.

 

 

post #45 of 48

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Guess that I could reasonably expect to run into you if I stop by A-Basin.

I wasn't actually describing any one particular place,  I know of a few that fit the criteria.
 

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nah its in Utah.

Yeah, but it's a basin.

 

JF
 

 

 

post #46 of 48

I would have to say that what makes my favorite mountain my favorite is the simple fact that it is Jackson. No need to elaborate.

post #47 of 48

i'm too inexperienced to offer, have been to a few back east in quebec (st anne, tremblant, mt sutton)

as well as out here in god's country (BC) where i now live in vancouver:

thus to whistler, sunpeaks, silverstar, apex, and big white

 

i hope to visit 1 or 2 new resorts each winter...this yr will probably do red/fernie/sunshine/lake louise and jasper

...haven't decided on my 1st real big usa mtn experience however....the one this yr to lake tahoe as part of ESA trip looks interesting however

http://www.epicski.com/t/103575/2012-gathering-in-lake-tahoe-2-26-3-3-12

(and i'm an intermediate always looking for good company and to improve)

 

i admire all you others who've really been to most resorts and can offer a better opinion.

 

post #48 of 48

My favorite mtn is Snowbird.  It has top to bottom black skiing with innumerable permutations.  The three bowls are unmatched - Little Cloud, the Cirque and Mineral Basin.  So it has the best terrain, then add in snowfall that is also unmatched just about anywhere.  Then to top it all off, it's just so happens to be the cheapest(stay in Sandy/Midavle) and easiest place to take a trip to.  Usually I take the morning flight and ski the afternoon, then on the last day ski the morning to 2pm, then take the 5pm home that night.  And don't forget to add all the free flights I've taken on Delta.  It a raw, rough place where you ski a mountain, not the runs.  The most fun days of my life have been skiing Snowbird. 

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