As the Ambassador for Kirkwood, let me congratulate our good friends at Squaw Valley on,
..... being good losers.
Here's the final count.
So what do they do now, put Kirkwood up against that other great ski town: Snowbird?
Agreed! I haven't been to Kirkwood since 2005 (and Squaw before that), but never thought of either as a "town." In 2005, I barely considered Kirkwood a resort, although I have enjoyed some very nice powder skiing there and would definitely recommend it.
It's the stupidest piece Powders ever written. Revelstoke has twice the points as the next nearest competitor. It has the highest ratio of women to men?
What they don't tell you is they are 80 year old railroad widows. Garbage in/garbage out.
We dissected the Powder mag formula last year: http://epicski.onthesnow.com/t/113869/best-resort-to-ski-powder/180#post_1494507
The "Throwdown" is a fan poll, like All-Star game voting. Look at some of the other examples with absurd results. Obvious ballot stuffing by some fanboy locals, including from MY hometown powder area, Mt. Baldy. I've had amazing powder days there, but there hasn't been enough snow for me to go there at all the past 2 seasons. So hard to see how it gets on a list like this, much less wins a round of the throwdown.
Last year we apparently had way more enthusiasm at Whitefish, making it through several rounds. For some reason this year was a wash out. Apparently the natives are feeling insular.
Yeah, but I have more votes in SV my hand than Eleeski, more attendees in SV meetings receiving (I'm told) applause at pretty basic suggestions, resort execs coming down here and following developments , and journo and bloggers picking my brains about stories I see released later in places like Moonshine Ink.
It's still not 'a good look' for SV to be trumped by a whopoing 20% by some townless-'town' without a big fancy spa, no home furnishings shop, a tiny bar, and no nightlife.
Also, KW isn't threatening to put locals on green buses so that condo-owners from the Bay can park their Cadillacs under their private jaccuzzi.
Oh, and I suspect SV pi55ed off people by inferring that the current owner was involved in GNAR, Squallywood and Hotdog the Movie - just when Squawites who were in that movie published a letter in the media in support of forming their own town planning department and their own town. (Some resorts should hire better informed and empathetic marketers imo).
They are down to the sweet 16.
I suffer from a rare genetic disorder where if I hear someone say "uh" more than 100 times I nod off. I think it's related to narcolepsy. Needless to say I wasn't able to get very far into the vid before I fell asleep.
Ironically, it seems that the growth of skiing popularity, combined with the Internet, hasn't done the ski rags any favors. So many videos of skiers all over the world, in-depth trip reports on forums, industry news being old news by the time the magazine hits the shelf, etc. The magazines are left to come up with dreck like that, trying to recycle the whole "best resorts" theme, year after year, just to appeal to a broad base.
>>>It's still not 'a good look' for SV to be trumped by a whopping 20% by some townless-'town' without a big fancy spa, no home furnishings shop, a tiny bar, and no nightlife.
I'm a committed South Shore guy, and Tahoe City is cool, but one reason I don't go to SV that much (outside of the attitude, low elevation, frequent wind hold, and slush at the bottom) is they built a village in the parking lot! I remember when you drove into Squaw and it was so beautiful...It's a great hill when it's right, don't get me wrong...but the idea of building villages in parking lots like SV & NS is a bit sad. I guess it is necessary for revenue, and good if you want to shop, but if you want to drive up and get on the hill quickly and easily, go to Kirky or Rose, or even Heavenly, except for the gondola.
Kirkwood beat Schweitzer. In the last hours, Coop Cooper put out a call and the international destination skiers chimed in. KW rolled forward to go neck and neck. Schweitzer kept leading, faltered and stalled as KW steamed to the finish line! KW is now in the Elite 8.
Kirkwood won because it has world class speed. When a town doesn't have a town it's light on it's streets. Schweitzer doesn't even have a base stealing threat.
Schweitzer, like Squaw/Alpine, was way way ahead until the international skiers were asked by Ski-in Victoria to vote.