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Ski Town Throwdown

post #1 of 10
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I am sure that many of you know that Powder Magazine has been having a competition to choose the "best" ski town, with the definition of "best" being determined by those who choose to vote, apparently. I hope this posting does not violate Epicski policy, since it is something of a promotion for a particular ski region.

 

Remarkably, the relatively small region of Nelson/Rossland has made it to the finals, where it is currently competing against Bozeman.

 

I encourage everyone to vote.

 

My bias is well-known, of course, since I live near Nelson and ski at Whitewater. I'll contend that the Nelson/Rossland area is more authentic than Bozeman as a ski town. Population density is low, it's hard to get to, the hills in town are hazardous to motor vehicles when they're covered with snow, and the locals believe in the skiing here (how do you think Nelson/Rossland made it to the finals??). The skiing is awesome in ways you only find in British Columbia. In addition to the two ski areas of Whitewater and Red Mountain, you have an amazing selection of cat skiing and helicopter skiing unequalled anywhere else.

 

The probability of good snow at Whitewater is very high, compared to almost anywhere else in North America. Some areas up north get more snow, but they're really hard to get to. Some areas near the west coast get a lot more snow, but it tends to be soggy, to put it kindly. Whitewater actually gets powder.

 

Today, Whitewater is reporting a settled base of over 80" at the summit; Red is just under 75". It's snowing at both areas.

 

Bridger is reporting 42"; Big Sky is reporting 39".

 

So, vote for whichever you want, but I'm shamelessly encouraging a vote for Nelson/Rossland. Vote early, vote often (as they used to say in Chicago).

 

Here's the link: 

https://www.facebook.com/powdermag?v=app_153839431317646&rest=1

post #2 of 10

Since I too live in a ski town, my inclination would be to vote for a town far, far away.

 

Last thing I want would be more people coming here to ski!

post #3 of 10

Yes, definitely don't vote for Bozeman.

post #4 of 10

Gotta use Facebook and "Like" them before even being able to participate in a simple poll?

 

No thanks, SIGH.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

Gotta use Facebook and "Like" them before even being able to participate in a simple poll?

 

No thanks, SIGH.

 

What's facebook?  th_dunno-1[1].gif

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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post

 

What's facebook?  th_dunno-1%5B1%5D.gif

facebook is an internet site that allows people to lose all their privacy without even trying. It was started in the year 27. (I assume you date everything from the year the Look N 77 was introduced.)

post #7 of 10

I definitely voted for Rossland.  Although I seem to be equidistant from each, I think they need the extra visitation more than Big Sky, to which I am slightly more likely to go.  

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Originally Posted by Rio View Post

facebook is an internet site that allows people to lose all their privacy without even trying. It was started in the year 27. (I assume you date everything from the year the Look N 77 was introduced.)

 

I'd probably go back the the introduction of the Look Nevada/Grand Prix N17  wink.gif  

post #9 of 10

Rossland/Nelson ended up winning which is a shame. The main draw to Rossland is it is isolated, hard to get to and relatively unknown. I would hate to see it Colorado-ized.

post #10 of 10

I'm from BC and don't see how or why they even lumped Nelson and Rossland together. They are 40 minutes apart. I would have voted for Rossland but not Nelson. Nelson is beautiful (rent 'Roxanne' with Steve Martin and Darryl Hannah if you don't believe me) but I can't stand the locals - on the one hand you have new age neo hippy posers and on the other hand you have  a town council so conservative they banned dogs from the downtown streets maybe because those aforementioned hippy wannabes wouldn't clean up after their dogs. Nice to look at but a bad vibe all round IMHO.  I'm not saying don't go there - Whitewater is amazing and Red is incredible. I'm just saying I wouldn't want to live in Nelson. I was offered a job there but based on my negative attitude it's probably I good thing I didn't take it.


Edited by Castle Dave - 12/26/12 at 12:03pm
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