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post #121 of 148
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What's the point of including European resorts if you have no f'ing clue what you're talking about?

 



So that other people who also don't have a clue will think you're knowledgeable and well travelled? That's my guess.
post #122 of 148
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Whitewater is Nelson's mountain, but what is the other mountain that you refer to?

 

Well, Red mountain is not in Nelson but it's close enough that I pretend it is.

post #123 of 148

Interesting list that I somehow missed til now.  I've skied 11 (and merely visited another 5) if that's important.  The question is are these towns with great skiing, or great towns that happen to have skiing (whether good or bad)?  I can attest to the latter concerning those on the east coast where I grew up (and you can guess my feelings about the alpine skiing...great Nordic skiing however).  Even a few of those listed in west might fit more in the latter category (I'll leave these to your imagination).

 

Otherwise, some thoughts on the rest of the list:

 

Girdwood AK, Bozeman MT & Niseko - These are definitely on my bucket list.

 

Europe - Would love to go once (if only for the food, architecture and atmosphere) but I'm not sure it's worth the hassle.  Will probably go in the summer to hike/bike instead.

 

Fernie, BC - Try it for a day and then treat yourself to real best skiing there is in BC (if not in the world): cat-skiing - pick a place in the Kootenay's "powder triangle" and you'll be hooked.

 

Wanaka, NZ - been there in the summer (their summer) and all I have to say is why bother traveling 30+ hours for skiing that is clearly inferior to that in the northern hemisphere.  Go in summer and bike/hike and enjoy the wonderful people in one of the greatest places on earth - that's what NZ is all about.


Edited by ski-ra - 9/26/13 at 11:15am
post #124 of 148

1. Girdwood, Alaska - No

2. Fernie, BC - No

3. Zermatt, Switzerland - No

4. Bozeman, Montana - No

5. Chamonix, France - No

6. Cortina, Italy - Skied

7. Whitefish, Montana - No

8. Crested Butte, Colorado - Skied

9. Aspen, Colorado - No

10. Niseko, Japan - No

11. Kitzbuhel, Austria - Skied

12. Bend, Oregon - Skied, very good time

13. Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada - Skied, meh

14. Taos, New Mexico - No

15.  Park City, Utah - Skied, meh

16. Truckee, California - Skied

17. Whistler, BC, Canada - No

18. North Conway, NH - Skied, had a blast

19. Banff, Canada - Skied, had an absolute fungasm

20. Steamboat Springs, Colorado - No.

21. Telluride, Colorado - no

22. Jackson, Wyoming - Skied

23. Wanaka, New Zealand - No 
24. Stowe, Vermont - Skied

25. Ketchum, Idaho - No
 

 

 

post #125 of 148
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...8. Crested Butte, Colorado - Skied...

...15.  Park City, Utah - Skied, meh...

...18. North Conway, NH - Skied, had a blast...

...22. Jackson, Wyoming - Skied...

 

If "Skied" = "just OK" I'm curious to understand how N. Conway ranked better for you than Crested Butte, PC (meh?), JH, and perhaps some others (i.e., Stowe)?

post #126 of 148
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

...8. Crested Butte, Colorado - Skied...

...15.  Park City, Utah - Skied, meh...

...18. North Conway, NH - Skied, had a blast...

...22. Jackson, Wyoming - Skied...

 

If "Skied" = "just OK" I'm curious to understand how N. Conway ranked better for you than Crested Butte, PC (meh?), JH, and perhaps some others (i.e., Stowe)?

 

Vibe.   The sensation of non-stop diverse fun being right under my nose, without having to plan specifically for it or to drive beyond reason for it, on top of a strong sense of history, on top of a strong particularly local flavor, on top of a sensation of *not* having to cut myself off from the rest of the world.      Kind of a New England version of Bend, you know?    JH came close, I suppose, I could have given it more of a chance maybe.   Neither CB nor PC came close - PC tried too hard.

post #127 of 148
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Vibe.   The sensation of non-stop diverse fun being right under my nose, without having to plan specifically for it or to drive beyond reason for it, on top of a strong sense of history, on top of a strong particularly local flavor, on top of a sensation of *not* having to cut myself off from the rest of the world.      Kind of a New England version of Bend, you know?    JH came close, I suppose, I could have given it more of a chance maybe.   Neither CB nor PC came close - PC tried too hard.

 

The history part of N. Conway I get, the "cut...off from the world" I get for CB, Bend, JH..., and I get the "tried too hard" for PC (which I'd also say about JH in a different way).  Then again it's not like N. Conway isn't less cut off from the world than PC (which is 35mi. from SLC), though perhaps you meant something different by this?

 

Otherwise, so are you talking about partying vs. skiing, and/or what kind of fun right under your nose is it that N. Conway has (which I've been to several times, but perhaps I was asleep) which any of the others on the list doesn't have?  I'm not being sarcastic, just very curious!

post #128 of 148

I get North Conway. The rich mountain heritage that goes beyond cliffs and insane snow depths. Downtown is real and old (in a creak when you walk on the worn floors kind of way). The lodge at the top of Mt. Cranmore is very much just like it was decades ago (at least it was the last time I was there).

 

The love of skiing in the community is as large as anywhere else. While the resorts/ski areas don't have a ton of massively challenging skiing, the locals won't let you forget that some of their most challenging runs, craziest weather and memorable ski days have been experienced in the 'valley'. Be it a 2 foot powder day at the kitty or running SL gates on a holiday week at now defunct Intervale. There is still the Yoke, Barnaby's (?), Tuckerman's, the Door and Horsefeathers for nightly entertainment. Dining runs the gamut from KFC to the Bernerhof.

 

Skiing and the love of all things skiing is a way of life. It isn't just about the skiable vert, the deepest powder or the most après. It is about loving the sport, the outdoors, the challenges and the people that are drawn to the place for the same reason.

 

I'm not biased :). I'm proud though to have grown up living in the oldest continuously operating Inn in as fine a ski town as North Conway.

post #129 of 148
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...I'm not biased :). I'm proud though to have grown up living in the oldest continuously operating Inn in as fine a ski town as North Conway.

Gotcha - so if you grew up in Crested Butte then you might've rated that that town "had a blast" and N. Conway might've gotten a "skied";) .

post #130 of 148
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post
 

I get North Conway. The rich mountain heritage that goes beyond cliffs and insane snow depths. Downtown is real and old (in a creak when you walk on the worn floors kind of way). The lodge at the top of Mt. Cranmore is very much just like it was decades ago (at least it was the last time I was there).

 

The love of skiing in the community is as large as anywhere else. While the resorts/ski areas don't have a ton of massively challenging skiing, the locals won't let you forget that some of their most challenging runs, craziest weather and memorable ski days have been experienced in the 'valley'. Be it a 2 foot powder day at the kitty or running SL gates on a holiday week at now defunct Intervale. There is still the Yoke, Barnaby's (?), Tuckerman's, the Door and Horsefeathers for nightly entertainment. Dining runs the gamut from KFC to the Bernerhof.

 

Skiing and the love of all things skiing is a way of life. It isn't just about the skiable vert, the deepest powder or the most après. It is about loving the sport, the outdoors, the challenges and the people that are drawn to the place for the same reason.

 

I'm not biased :). I'm proud though to have grown up living in the oldest continuously operating Inn in as fine a ski town as North Conway.

One of the best posts in a while on this site;  I could almost picture the place and I have never been there.  What epic should be all about in my opinion but, I could be wrong with this crowd!

post #131 of 148

14/25. Always keep a top ten. Buy the plane ticket as soon as you get back from the last one.

post #132 of 148
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post
 

I get North Conway. The rich mountain heritage that goes beyond cliffs and insane snow depths. Downtown is real and old (in a creak when you walk on the worn floors kind of way). The lodge at the top of Mt. Cranmore is very much just like it was decades ago (at least it was the last time I was there).

 

The love of skiing in the community is as large as anywhere else. While the resorts/ski areas don't have a ton of massively challenging skiing, the locals won't let you forget that some of their most challenging runs, craziest weather and memorable ski days have been experienced in the 'valley'. Be it a 2 foot powder day at the kitty or running SL gates on a holiday week at now defunct Intervale. There is still the Yoke, Barnaby's (?), Tuckerman's, the Door and Horsefeathers for nightly entertainment. Dining runs the gamut from KFC to the Bernerhof.

 

Skiing and the love of all things skiing is a way of life. It isn't just about the skiable vert, the deepest powder or the most après. It is about loving the sport, the outdoors, the challenges and the people that are drawn to the place for the same reason.

 

I'm not biased :). I'm proud though to have grown up living in the oldest continuously operating Inn in as fine a ski town as North Conway.

 

I'm having one of those gratifying "full circle" kinds of moments with this post. I learned to ski in the North Conway area when my age still had one digit. Every couple of years my folks would take us to stay at an inn during the February school break, often in conjunction with other neighborhood families who skied. I'm going back 45 years here. We were not by any means a hard-core skiing family, and for most of my adult life I, too, have been only a casual skier. During those decades, North Conway figured in my life mostly as an obstacle to navigation as I drove several times a year back and forth between Burlington, VT, and Portland ME, and as an object lesson in the consequences of unchecked commercial development. In the past few years, however, skiing has become a much bigger part of my life. North Conway is only an hour and a half from my house. During the last year, coincidentally (?), I have been spending more time there for various reasons, and have found myself feeling a surprising amount of affection for the place. The downtown is, truly, as Masters Racer says, a welcoming place to the skier.

 

The inn I mention above is, in fact, the same one where Masters Racer grew up. I have a clear memory of his dad (and in fact a Kodacolor instamatic print of him buried somewhere in my files). My wife and son and I have even stayed there a few times, though it has had different owners for a long while now. So when I came across this thread I confess I felt a bit of a sappy "these are my people" nostalgia.

post #133 of 148

Been to and stayed at or in 11 towns and have skied out of 10.  Was at Girdwood alaska in the summer.

post #134 of 148

 

Just moved to Gunnison, one town over from Crested Butte. Life is good!

post #135 of 148

Been to 5...Skied 5.

 

Telluride

Steamboat Springs

Bend

Taos

Aspen

 

Question: I routinely see Cortina ranked in lists like these, but no one seems to have anything good to say about the town and the skiing that is available there.  Where is the disconnect?

post #136 of 148
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Been to 5...Skied 5.


Question: I routinely see Cortina ranked in lists like these, but no one seems to have anything good to say about the town and the skiing that is available there.  Where is the disconnect?


 



I think Cortina gets a fair amount of publicity because of the World Cup races (and the Olympics in the past). So, when someone is making a list like this and they want to throw in an Italian resort in an attempt to boost their credibility, they throw in Cortina.

It's a similar thing with Kitzbuhel. It's a nice town, but there are other resorts in Austria that have much better skiing. But, Kitz has the famous World Cup race, so it's the one that gets in the lists.
post #137 of 148

Hmm. Good thread.  I've skied 16 of NGeo's 25 'best'.  Some on this list are great, some less great.  But the list is of best 'ski towns', which certainly includes more than just the skiing.  Obviously, there are many more great ski towns that aren't on this particular list.

post #138 of 148

Post #1 and the list of 25

 

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National Geographics - 

World's 25 Best Ski Towns

http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-ski-towns-photos/

 

How many have you experienced? 

 

I've only been to 5, but considering that I never skied outside of Michigan until I was 40, I'd say I'm on a roll and ready to experience the other 20!

 

 

 

 

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I've skied 15, lived in two.  I'm amazed by some of my omissions.  Still have not been to Bozeman or Whistler.

 

Some of the links are blocked, so here's the list:

 

1. Girdwood, Alaska

2. Fernie, BC

3. Zermatt, Switzerland

4. Bozeman, Montana

5. Chamonix, France

6. Cortina, Italy

7. Whitefish, Montana

8. Crested Butte, Colorado

9. Aspen, Colorado

10. Niseko, Japan

11. Kitzbuhel, Austria

12. Bend, Oregon

13. Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

14. Taos, New Mexico

15.  Park City, Utah

16. Truckee, California

17. Whistler, BC, Canada

18. North Conway, NH

19. Banff, Canada

20. Steamboat Springs, Colorado

21. Telluride, Colorado

22. Jackson, Wyoming

23. Wanaka, New Zealand

24. Stowe, Vermont

25. Ketchum, Idaho

Have been to and skied at six.  Added JH and Tremblant this season.  Hoping to add a couple more in the U.S. next season.

post #139 of 148
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I have been to one, Alyeska. But I have only been skiing for about six weeks so I guess that explains it.

Welcome to Epicski!   And the addiction.

 

I've been to 8, skied 8. I may need to trade in some frequent flyer miles to get to Niseko, I've heard the pow is pretty unbelievable. Waddya say, @bumpfreaq? You in?

post #140 of 148
But they're out now with a new list of "secret ski towns".
http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-secret-ski-towns-photos/

I'd try posting them, but they keep wanting me to log in.
post #141 of 148
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But they're out now with a new list of "secret ski towns".
http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-secret-ski-towns-photos/

I'd try posting them, but they keep wanting me to log in.

 

Field BC? LOL. Yeah there are amazing mountains there but Golden makes much more sense on many levels as far as access goes.

post #142 of 148

I'm a bit skeptical of the list being a "world" list.

 

American mountains dominates the list. While the US have a lot of good skiing, but skiing culture and "town" has never been a strong suit. 

 

I used to think of National Geographic as a somewhat more serious "explorer" magazine. But the recent publications left me wondering if they had "sold out" just like all others. Creating a biased "world list" and stuffing it with American entries does add to that suspicion. Oh perhaps National Geographic never that serious of a magazine I thought it was, just that I had less travel experience then.  

post #143 of 148
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But they're out now with a new list of "secret ski towns".
http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-secret-ski-towns-photos/

I'd try posting them, but they keep wanting me to log in.

There are some great places in that mix, happily none I have been contemplating.

 

 If they were on the list they wouldn't be a secret anymore.  

post #144 of 148
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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post
 

Been to 5...Skied 5.

 

Telluride

Steamboat Springs

Bend

Taos

Aspen

 

Question: I routinely see Cortina ranked in lists like these, but no one seems to have anything good to say about the town and the skiing that is available there.  Where is the disconnect?

 

Haven't skied there but we've hiked and climbed there.  I loved the town and it's surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountains I've ever seen.

post #145 of 148
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I have been to one, Alyeska. But I have only been skiing for about six weeks so I guess that explains it.

Welcome to Epicski!   And the addiction.

 

I've been to 8, skied 8. I may need to trade in some frequent flyer miles to get to Niseko, I've heard the pow is pretty unbelievable. Waddya say, @bumpfreaq? You in?

Absolutely!

post #146 of 148
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But they're out now with a new list of "secret ski towns".
http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-secret-ski-towns-photos/

I'd try posting them, but they keep wanting me to log in.

 

Field BC? LOL. Yeah there are amazing mountains there but Golden makes much more sense on many levels as far as access goes.


These are supposed to be "secret ski towns." Golden is far from a secret.  Field is not so well known.

 

Their information on those places is not super accurate but OK, if the blurb on Glacier is any indication.

post #147 of 148

Well I managed to find that I had been to 8 of the 25.

 

But all I can say to the compiler is " There is a world outside of North America."

 

Any list that purports to be the 25 best ski towns and misses the following

 

Val d'Isere

St Anton

Val Gardena

St Moritz

 

All

 

but includes Bend has a credibility gap the size of the Grand Canyon. I mean 10 lifts to ski Sierra cement. I enjoyed my day there because any day in the mountains is a good day and stayed in Bend which was OK too. But get real.

 

Still the list it took my mind off the wind that is howling tonight in my anchorage in Guadeloupe and the possibility of my anchor dragging.

 

Oh yes I suppose it is 9 as I did ski Bachelor from Bend.

 

Oh yes someone asked what is special about Cortina. Yup the ski area does not link up well. Yup Arraba/Marmolada has better snow and better runs. But Cortina is full of Ferraris Ferragamos and fine cuisine in other words Cortina is about style and being seen.

post #148 of 148

Been to 17, skied at 14 of them, and lived at 2 (Aspen and Stowe). I can assure you that Cortina is a fantastic ski area ( have family in Italy and have skied all over the place there ) I agree with poster that St Anton should be on this list. My favorite town on this list is Wanaka. I skied Mt Bohemia this winter. Fantastic!

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