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: