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post #31 of 47

I’ve seen a lot of good things about Schweitzer and the Sandpoint area. It looks absolutely beautiful up there. Plenty of chatter that this is the “next big ski town”. Additionally, having quick access to the BC resorts on the Powder Highway is pretty ideal. 

 

Not sure about a few of their choices (A-Basin, Pow Mow?). I’d say Grand Targhee is pretty well known, but not for the good reasons (mainly the zombie subdivisions and boom/bust of the Teton Valley). Now that Kirkwood is in the Vail group, they’ll get their exposure.

 

In general, I would say that most British Columbia resorts are places the general public are unaware of. Places like Panorama, Kicking Horse, Big White, Fernie, Sun Peaks, Red Mtn, Whitewater are pretty low in skier visits. Revelstoke and Whistler get all the press, but there’s some absolutely killer terrain at those places that are on my to-do list. 

post #32 of 47

Um...Big White knocks down 600,000 skier visits. That's more than A Basin, Kirkwood or Revelstoke and four times what Grand Targhee gets.

post #33 of 47
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I’ve seen a lot of good things about Schweitzer and the Sandpoint area. It looks absolutely beautiful up there. Plenty of chatter that this is the “next big ski town”. Additionally, having quick access to the BC resorts on the Powder Highway is pretty ideal. 

 

 

This is up on our Peak Travels page regarding Schweitzer.   It's my home mountain and one I'm happy to claim.  Sandpoint is a great town on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, giving the town year-round status as an outdoors mecca.  There's awesome hiking, biking, boating, skiing, hunting, fishing, wildlife access to cover just about anything a group like this would want.  The town itself is fun with plenty of apres-anything activities to enjoy.  If not for some family issues and my job, I'd move there full time.  

 

post #34 of 47

Maybe because it’s the local hill for the 180,000 residents of the Kelowna area? I wasn’t aware visits were that high up there.

 

I’d still say that most of British Columbia, outside of Whistler, is not on the radar of the general tourist and vacationing crowd (aka, the usual Ski Mag readers) and is much more “undiscovered” than places like A-Basin and Kirkwood. 

post #35 of 47

I think overall - for the casual skier - it's a good list.  I agree that Sugar Bowl would have been a more appropriate Tahoe selection than Kirkwood.  Mt. Rose is perfect for this list.  It's the only "major" resort in the Tahoe area that somehow I've just never been to.  I need to check out those chutes at some point this season.

post #36 of 47

Big White is very much on the radar for Canadian, European and Australian tourists. There are something like 16,000 beds. Just not so much the gringos, except those in the PNW.

post #37 of 47

I could easily live on Priest Lake!  Lots of lakes in Canada would be nice too!

 

Why were none of these places on my radar when I got out of college 30+ years ago?

post #38 of 47

Naturally, I'm wondering how Whitefish got left off that list, but I'm telling myself that they figure when we made their OTHER list at number 11, at that point we weren't unknown.  But to me, why we would be better known than Schweitzer is a surprise.  I'd say on Epic, Schweitzer gets far more coverage (more Epic members in the Spokane area?), and even in some (not all) of the ski magazines.  And yet they are close to being twins for skier visits, climate and location, altitude, mountain, etc.  I usually expect to see them next to each other on lists.  All I can think of is that their similarity EXCLUDES the other one being on the same list, as the various "listers" want variety in whatever 10 they are listing....  Although we got on that NatGeo Best Ski Town list as well as Fernie.  Anyway, the mystery of these lists continues.  

 

And I really prefer that our lines continue to be short, so need to shut up for a few weeks again....  We had half the skier visits of unknown Big White.  

post #39 of 47

the more i read on schweitzer (and sandpoint), the more i wish to include it into a feb ski trip of the

southern cdn kootenays (to include whitewater/nelson bc, and possibly red mtn/rossland bc)


Edited by canali - 11/8/12 at 11:01am
post #40 of 47
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Naturally, I'm wondering how Whitefish got left off that list, but I'm telling myself that they figure when we made their OTHER list at number 11, at that point we weren't unknown.  But to me, why we would be better known than Schweitzer is a surprise.  I'd say on Epic, Schweitzer gets far more coverage (more Epic members in the Spokane area?), and even in some (not all) of the ski magazines.  And yet they are close to being twins for skier visits, climate and location, altitude, mountain, etc.  I usually expect to see them next to each other on lists.  All I can think of is that their similarity EXCLUDES the other one being on the same list, as the various "listers" want variety in whatever 10 they are listing....  Although we got on that NatGeo Best Ski Town list as well as Fernie.  Anyway, the mystery of these lists continues.  

 

And I really prefer that our lines continue to be short, so need to shut up for a few weeks again....  We had half the skier visits of unknown Big White.  

Big Mountain used to always get more press, Schweitzer felt like the stepchild of the Inland Northwest for years.  That is what a name change can do for you.

post #41 of 47

sibhusky - Not to worry, we intend to come over to Whitefish this winter and make you famous. biggrin.gif  If we have our way, your short lift lines will go away.  devil.gif  Just kidding!  Don't throw things at me.

 

I think you're right about why there are more comments about Schweitzer here than WFM.  It has a larger population base to draw from with Spokane, so probably more Epic members, and has been a bit of a later up-and-comer than WFM.  I also think that having a larger airport within two hours might make a difference in attracting a national magazine's attention.

 

I remember that before 1990, Schweitzer paled in comparison to then Big Mountain.  Big Mountain was much more resort oriented back in the eighties than Schweitzer was and so was, by comparison then, much more broadly known.  For what it's worth, prior to the addition of the first quad at Schweitzer and the terrain made lift-accessible, I used to not like Schweitzer.  It really changed in 1988 when Chair Six was moved to where it is now and then in 1990, when the quad was put in, it really became a different mountain.  Back in the old days, the North Bowl wasn't accessible except by hiking (and was closed area) and the South Bowl was actually permanently closed due to avalanche danger.  The best parts of what's now Schweitzer weren't accessible and there weren't any runs cut in those areas.  The past twenty years or so are what really have driven the change and greater recognition.  Big Mountain (and I've only skied there a couple of times so am no expert) already had good terrain and was better known as a resort.  I think the writers probably believe that readers don't see WFM as a place not heard of.

post #42 of 47

Aww. No love for Red Lodge? I love that place! Would bet most people aren't too familiar with it either. I guess we're all partial to our local stomping grounds, tho (which is going to be Showdown this season for me).

post #43 of 47
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sibhusky - Not to worry, we intend to come over to Whitefish this winter and make you famous. biggrin.gif  If we have our way, your short lift lines will go away.  devil.gif  Just kidding!  Don't throw things at me.

Gee, pretty sure I'm gone that weekend.   biggrin.gif

post #44 of 47
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Gee, pretty sure I'm gone that weekend.   biggrin.gif

 

 

Oh, we'll track you down....

post #45 of 47
How is A Basin???
post #46 of 47

Abasin has a nice mix of small mountain feel with some big mountain aspects. 

Pali and East Wall are what comes to mind for me when I think  GNAR. 

 

there is a special place in my heart for Abasin. 

post #47 of 47
I love that small mountain feel with a little Gnar in it:)
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