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post #31 of 97

Here's my version of best ski resort in North America.

 

If you were going to go skiing for 2 weeks, and could go anywhere you wanted but had choose the dates in advance, where would you do your skiing?

 

For me, next season, it's coming down to Red Mountain and WH20. 

 

Yo-yo-ing between the two areas, which are only an hour apart, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to find a good balance between fresh snow, crowds, and exciting terrain (things I value).  Maybe venture out to Revy or Fernie at some point during that time.

 

Unfortunately, I won't have the requisite backcountry knowledge to take advantage of the myriad backcountry zones surrounding these areas. But maybe I'll get in an avy course while I'm out there, to get my feet wet. Perhaps if I'm lucky, I'll meet some people who are willing to show me around a bit.

 

While I've never been to either of these areas, I've been to Squaw, Jackson, Snowbird, and Alta, and enjoyed those places a lot.  Just wish they were less crowded, and it would've been nice if it snowed more than 3 inches during my time at those places.


Edited by Hoss - 4/25/13 at 12:59pm
post #32 of 97

As much as I love Squawlpine Meadows, voting for your home resort is lame, so I'm going to go with Jackson Hole.  What an awesome mountain - just steep for such a long way down and lots of terrain variation and natural features.

post #33 of 97
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post

Whistler for size, terrain, snow the village setup and the international atmosphere.

 

This is all too vague to be meaningful.

 

You need to back this statement up with some statistics and provable facts. Define "size" and "terrain" in non abstract terms.

post #34 of 97
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voting for your home resort is lame

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It's not a resort, it's just a community ski hill so it doesn't count anyway. I think that's a key reason why I like it so much. 

 

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For me, next season, it's coming down to Red Mountain and WH20. 

Me too! 

post #35 of 97
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

My cathedral is Bridger Bowl. I worship at its rock outcroppings. It is not the best resort in North America by any stretch but it is a world class ski area. 

 

What a nice shot.  Wish I were standing atop that.  I need to get to Bridger one day.

post #36 of 97

Any 1 I can get to on any given day.... Honestly does it really matter the stats as long as your gliding on the slopes???????

post #37 of 97
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

As much as I love Squawlpine Meadows, voting for your home resort is lame, so I'm going to go with Jackson Hole.  What an awesome mountain - just steep for such a long way down and lots of terrain variation and natural features.

It's only lame if there's no real case and you're just being a homer. I'd say Squawlpine has a good a case as anywhere. So does my home mountain but I'm not interested in it being labeled the best in N. America, even if it's only a thread started by cheap tix guy. 

 

I'll agree with Lake Louise. Incredible scenery, huge mountain, great snow when I was there, even without any sign of a recent storm, all kinds of terrain. 

post #38 of 97

fun people and a little alcohol helps make a mountain the best one.

post #39 of 97

best ?? I'll play, killing time,  of the areas I ski

best for bumps -Apex

best for glades - Revelstoke

best for steeps - Kicking Horse/Lake Louise/Whistler

best for blue cruisers - Panorama

best for families- Kimberley/Sun Peaks

best for fog- Big White/Big Mountain

best for fresh Baker Whistler Revelstoke Fernie White Water

best to hit if its a powder day Kicking Horse

best lifts -Whistler /Blackcomb

best variety/scale of terrain -Whistler/Blackcomb

best continuous fall line - Castle

best chance of chair troubles -Castle

best looking- Lake Louise

best pastries - Silver Star

best lunch -White water

best chance of collision - Grouse

best chance of having bad pr -Sunshine

best chance of disappointment -Fernie/Red

post #40 of 97

Wow this thread hits the bullseye. It started today and already we have 40 posts!!

And the day is not done.ski.gifski.gifski.gif

 

 

 

My vote is Snowbird UT.  Their tram is amazing. Gets to as much gnarly & rad terrain as anyone can handle.

Lots of dependable snow (usually).

 

Jackson Hole & Alta are second & third.   Got a MCP this year -can hit all of them !

 

Yes, Tuckermans Ravine NH is up the list.

post #41 of 97
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Originally Posted by Mdskier View Post

Yes, Tuckermans Ravine NH is up the list.

 

Is there a new resort there I didn't hear about?

post #42 of 97
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Since we already did this thread back in that other thread... Wait, all those other threads... Why don't we pick the best resort for Mogulover? We know he likes Disney, moguls, and cheap lift tickets. Does that resort exist?


Hmm, Mogulover can go to Sugar Bowl which meets these criteria.  Heck, Sugar Bowl even has a run to ski called Donald Duck.

The Walt Disney guys even owned it in it's early days (Eisner anyway -not sure about Walt)

 

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ps: Jay T;   Tucks is NOT a lift serviced ski area You have to hike up with your ski gear. It's a gully

near the top of Mt Washington.

post #43 of 97
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

 

Is there a new resort there I didn't hear about?

 

 

yeah honestly Tuckerman ravine is not even the longest steepest line on Mount washington and for sure not a ski resort.

 

I vote for Chimmney Couliar on Katadhin. OR hellbrook on mount Manisfield!

post #44 of 97

Pretty sure Jay knew that and was being sarcastic.  

post #45 of 97
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Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post

best ?? I'll play, killing time,  of the areas I ski

best for bumps -Apex

best for glades - Revelstoke

best for steeps - Kicking Horse/Lake Louise/Whistler

best for blue cruisers - Panorama

best for families- Kimberley/Sun Peaks

best for fog- Big White/Big Mountain

best for fresh Baker Whistler Revelstoke Fernie White Water

best to hit if its a powder day Kicking Horse

best lifts -Whistler /Blackcomb

best variety/scale of terrain -Whistler/Blackcomb

best continuous fall line - Castle

best chance of chair troubles -Castle

best looking- Lake Louise

best pastries - Silver Star

best lunch -White water

best chance of collision - Grouse

best chance of having bad pr -Sunshine

best chance of disappointment -Fernie/Red

I confirm this list 100% I'd put Revelstoke in the disappointment category too. 

post #46 of 97

The Tuckerman Ravine has no lift and requires no lift tickets, but there's a well provisioned Ski Patrol Team stationed there in the event of a mishap - many of which do actually happen each year. Those patrollers offer sage advice as to which lines shouldn't let go. It's the only place out east I've even heard of with a Recco reflector detector, in case one should wind up under a pile of snow without other pre-arranged beacons/transponders. There's even a nice deck on the caretaker's cabin (Ho-Jo's) near the skiing where some of the multitudes hang out and stage for climbs. Some just change from hiking boots to ski boots there. There's a base lodge too of sorts down by the parking, where you can use bathrooms, get refreshments, and even buy a sweatshirt. Yes you hike to get to the goods, just like you do at many other suggestions here - many of which have lifts, but not lifts to the desired goods. This is a destination for hundreds of people to hike each weekend day in the Spring after the Avy risk usually lets up. Many people just hike to watch and cheer, and don't ski. If you're skiing you can often ski all the way out on the Sherburne Trail, and not have to hike out like you hiked in.

 

See www.timefortuckerman.com

post #47 of 97
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

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For terrain and snow I would rate Snowbird ahead of Whistler and for village and atmosphere and weather I'd rate Aspen ahead of Whistler.

I have not been to Jackson Hole or Telluride, but for a place that covers all aspects of a resort including apres ski, non ski activities, run variety, and weather, I vote for Aspen.

Whistler wins on rating high on all aspects, not just one. Three times the size of Snowbird , more international, egalitarian village than Aspen as much expert terrain as Jackson.
post #48 of 97

that's subjective, someone can prefer one over the other .. just like someone saying which ski resort is best is subjective.  a lot of people are going to like their home mountains.

post #49 of 97
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Pretty sure Jay knew that and was being sarcastic.  

 

Me?  Sarcastic?

 

Yeah, obviously I was questioning the mention of Tuckerman's in a thread called "Best Ski Resort in North America" - since all of the resorts I've been to have lifts.  Otherwise I'd put a good word in for Carson's Pass near Kirkwood, which is jokingly refered to as CPSR (Carson Pass Skinning Resort).

post #50 of 97
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Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx View Post


Whistler wins on rating high on all aspects, not just one. Three times the size of Snowbird , more international, egalitarian village than Aspen as much expert terrain as Jackson.

But snow no so good compare to the Birdie. 

post #51 of 97

1) WB - no brainer. Twice the size of the biggest in the US, outrageous terrain, lots of snow, fine village (no need for a car even when spending weeks), lift upon lift. And that's just inbounds. About as far as possible for me to travel short of AK, but the place I go to most. Unbeatable.

 

2) Snowbird -Mineral Basin, Road to Provo, great snow, superb terrain, what's not to like?

 

3) Steamboat - OK, it's not uber-gnar, but the finest tree skiing around combined with great snow.

post #52 of 97
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Originally Posted by like2ski123 View Post

that's subjective, someone can prefer one over the other .. just like someone saying which ski resort is best is subjective.  a lot of people are going to like their home mountains.

That's just like, your opinion, man...cool.gif
post #53 of 97

   Lookout Pass, Id. Tons of snow, fantastic groom, good layout, friendly people, beautiful views, cheap season passes, easy backcountry access into the St. Regis basin, cozy bar, great historic lodge-- been around since 1938...icon14.gif Kinda small and not super steep but I like it!! wink.gif

 

   zenny

post #54 of 97
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Originally Posted by like2ski123 View Post

that's subjective, someone can prefer one over the other .. just like someone saying which ski resort is best is subjective.  a lot of people are going to like their home mountains.


Clearly you don't understand who you are responding to here.

post #55 of 97
4ster, where is that?
post #56 of 97
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

 

3) Steamboat -  the finest tree skiing around

 

 

 

Gotta disagree with you.  In my opinion, this is much, much better tree skiing, without even leaving the state.

post #57 of 97
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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post

 

 

Gotta disagree with you.  In my opinion, this is much, much better tree skiing, without even leaving the state.

 

And what "resort" is that?

post #58 of 97
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

 

And what "resort" is that?

 

Where else? The Alberta area of Wolf Creek. 1000 acres, no cut runs.

 

Here's a youtube edit (NOT MINE).  Every frame of the video was shot in Alberta.

post #59 of 97

Anachronism, that picture is lacking a couple things - snow and lifts. Besides us Californians don't approve of any snow falling on the east side of the Continental divide - we need that water!

 

Squaw rocks! I have to vote for my home resort - even if it's lame. I ski Squaw for many reasons. Alpine is just icing on the cake. The Whitewolf interconnect terrain looks really promising for when it happens.

 

Snowbird has nice terrain. But it has that cold Rockies snow - sometimes that is great and sometimes it is cold.

 

Best podunk resort: Mt Baldy. If the coverage is there and the snow is good, the terrain is fantastic. And so close to LA (I don't know if this is good or bad but it is unique).

 

Eric

 

Edit: Sorry Anachronism I thought it was Colorado - that looks fun. Can you ship the runoff water to us in California anyhow? And maybe some of the excess snow to Tahoe?

post #60 of 97
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Originally Posted by eleeski View Post

Anachronism, that picture is lacking a couple things - snow and lifts

 

Edit: Sorry Anachronism I thought it was Colorado - that looks fun. Can you ship the runoff water to us in California anyhow? And maybe some of the excess snow to Tahoe?

 

There is a lift.  Thats the line running down the center.  It is all inbounds and avalanche controlled, and they don't really do a damned thing else. :)

 

  And Google earth doesn't really post winter pictures in the mountains...

 

And yes, this is Colorado.  Click the link in my sig...

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