The "Stowe vs. Sugarbush" thread got me thinking about the trash talk that many of us like to indulge in when discussing our favorite areas with skiing friends. There are lots of pairs of ski areas that are seen by their regulars as complementary, fiercely competitive, or sometimes both. Typically these will be areas that are geographically close, and therefore represent more or less equal effort to get to, leaving the decision to the pure merits of the mountain. For example, when I was a kid growing up in suburban NYC, there was a local Catamount faction and a Butternut faction. My dad and I were in the Butternut camp. We argued that Butternut was quieter, prettier, snowier, less crowded, had more consistent pitch, a better lodge, and a long list of other winning characteristics. God knows what those hopeless losers over at Catamount thought was worthwhile about their area. Okay, maybe the embroidered patch was a little more interesting.
Sugarbush and Mad River is a great example of a complementary "odd couple" pairing. I'd argue the same for Sugarloaf and Saddleback (not to say that I'm above a heated argument on the chair about why my pick is better).
Alta and Snowbird. Jackson and Targhee. Aspen and Highlands. You get the idea. What are your favorite odd couples and rivalries?