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post #91 of 97
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It does seem that the easily accessable places get higher ratings.

 

Some truth to that. Many fantastic places just aren't on as many people's radars because of that. I love the skiing in Montana, but it's just about impossible to get a direct flight here, and it's usually not nearly as cheap as a direct flight to Denver.

post #92 of 97
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Squaw (which rocks!) is a suburb of the Bay Area


confused.gif  You lost me completely on this one.

post #93 of 97

JayT, you think Squaw doesn't rock? Heresy!

 

Or perhaps it is the suburb of the Bay Area thing. But where do you live? Greater Bay Area! And where do you play every winter weekend? Squaw (Alpine)! Along with the rest of the active people from the Bay Area (note, I grew up in Palo Alto). The drive to Tahoe can be less hours than a drive from Sonoma to San Jose at the wrong time of day. Squaw is part of the Bay Area even if a few miles of geography intervene.

 

Eric

post #94 of 97
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JayT, you think Squaw doesn't rock? Heresy!

 

Or perhaps it is the suburb of the Bay Area thing. But where do you live? Greater Bay Area! And where do you play every winter weekend? Squaw (Alpine)! Along with the rest of the active people from the Bay Area (note, I grew up in Palo Alto). The drive to Tahoe can be less hours than a drive from Sonoma to San Jose at the wrong time of day. Squaw is part of the Bay Area even if a few miles of geography intervene.

 

Eric

 

I don't know, that's a bit of a stretch.  In perfect conditions (i.e. no snow on the road and no traffic) I still takes me about 3 hours to get to Squaw... and it can definitely take a lot longer.  My SF friends generally plan on 4 hours plus each way.  I'd take my chances getting down to San Jose on the 280 first.  Try sharing that view with folks living in Olympic Valley and we'll see what they say.  Haha.

 

So does this mean Boston is a suburb of New York.  ;-)

post #95 of 97
Just a couple by category.

Snow Summit for the best groomed runs within a 2.5 hr drive radius.

Mammoth for the best and most consistent all-mountain experience within a 5 hr drive radius.
post #96 of 97

Repeated from the Mountain Collective thread:

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1 AltaBird
2 Whistler
3 Mammoth
4 Vail
5 SquawAlpine
6 Jackson Hole

7 Bachelor

8 Kirkwood

9 Crystal

10 Fernie

 

The common denominators here are 350+ inches of snow and expansive terrain.  The two that don't have a lot of steeps (Vail and Bachelor) have enough other compelling attributes IMHO.  Jackson would be #3 if it faced NE instead of SE.   For those areas not on this list due to lower snowfall, my opinion is that steep terrain and less than 300 inches snowfall means that that said steep terrain is not consistently open (Crested Butte is the poster child here), and the reality is that days with 6+ inches of new snow are comparatively rare if powder opportunities are important to you.

With regard to Whistler and Jackson snowfall numbers, 2 important factors to keep in mind are:

1) How many years of snow measurements?

2) Where on the mountain are measurements taken relative to actual ski terrain?

Long term (~40 year) averages are 419 inches at Whistler 5,500 - 6,000 feet and 371 inches at Jackson 8,250 feet

 

The 469 at Whistler is over the past 10 years.  Snowfall is volatile; 10 years can still be a short enough time span to deviate from a long term average.  Probably 90% of W/B ski terrain is in the upper half of its vertical, so a high measuring site is reasonable.

 

The 459 at Jackson is from the top of the Bridger gondola since 1998.  Jackson comes to a peak at the top and fans out for miles at the base.  There is much more ski terrain below 8,250 than above, so the 8,250 site (besides being many more years) is the appropriate measuring site from a skier's perspective.

 

Whistler is extremely consistent and reliable for snow.   If I knew I was getting a powder day, would I rather be at Jackson, given water content of snow and probably lower skier density? Of course.

post #97 of 97
Jackson Hole - terrain, snow quality, easy in/out from nearby airport, on mountain lodging, tram, and Mangy Moose/Osteria. Caught 60" storm last year. Uncrowded when I've gone.
Aspen - variety/terrain town/après/restaurants/bars, easy in/out from nearby airport (caveat: if not closed for storm); in town or on mountain lodging (Snowmass); Highland Bowl; transportation system, and weather. More appealing to spouse. Last few years variable on snow when I've gone.
Whistler - terrain, village/après/restaurants/bars, lots of lodging choices, younger vibe, more international feel. Went 6 years in a row; got rained on once. Weather and crowds are variables.

Re Squaw - home mountain, great terrain, can get great snow snd great weather, crowded at times, shorter runs than top 3

Re Snowbird - great terrain and snow, easy access unless dumping, low energy vibe après. Crowds variable.

Re Big SkyMLB - great terrain, good snow, uncrowded, good lodging. Low energy après.
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