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Forbes Top 5 Ski Resorts for Families in 2014

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Top 5 ski Resorts for Families in 2014

With  the emphasis on families there is a strong presence of resorts that are in the Vail Family.

 

  1. Beaver Creek
  2. Heavenly
  3. Park City
  4. Solitude
  5. Breckenridge
post #2 of 20

nice list,hard to believe Steamboat isn't listed and what about the East Coast??

post #3 of 20

Makes you wonder what KSL wants to build that new village for if Squaw's not for families.

 

But heck, according to that, Northstar isn't even for families.

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Yeah, when I want skiing info I always use Forbes. Same when I need something to do with my kids. Because that's what they're known for...
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Lets face it.... a list of top 5 isn't much of a list.  They couldn't even make it all Vail resorts because there are too many for the list. :D

 

Sibhusky is right.  Forbes is not the place I go to look for the best resort to ski, or take a family on vacation.  

 

Just an article and discussion while we're waiting for snow. 

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Yeah, when I want skiing info I always use Forbes. Same when I need something to do with my kids. Because that's what they're known for...

Yup, same here! I also go right to Field and Stream when I want to learn about the latest iPhone!  ;)

post #7 of 20

Beaver Creek #1; amazing what a top of the chair comp cup of hot chocolate and a cookie will do!

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Pretty funny list. None of them close to a resort like Smugger's Notch, with its Fun Zone, kid's cookie races, nighttime family events, etc., let alone a host of smaller regional resorts we all know. But ya gotta love "top xx" lists. We make life decisions about colleges based on based on equally b.s. lists.  

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Pretty funny list. None of them close to a resort like Smugger's Notch, with its Fun Zone, kid's cookie races, nighttime family events, etc., let alone a host of smaller regional resorts we all know. But ya gotta love "top xx" lists. We make life decisions about colleges based on based on equally b.s. lists.  

 

 

No WE don't.

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Pretty funny list. None of them close to a resort like Smugger's Notch, with its Fun Zone, kid's cookie races, nighttime family events, etc., let alone a host of smaller regional resorts we all know. But ya gotta love "top xx" lists. We make life decisions about colleges based on based on equally b.s. lists.  


Seven Springs with a bowling alley, Massanutten with the indoor water park, etc...

post #11 of 20
The common denominator here...slope side lodging, be it houses or ski in/ski out.
post #12 of 20

or comp'd trips..??????

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Good list--too bad it's not longer. Useful to have a  list of places I don't want to ski, too many kids around, and get off my snow you little whippersnappers. 

They also did a top 10 resorts in the US--funny thing is, it's all about the snow and the terrain, not what I would have expected. No big surprises on the list. The article actually sounds like it was written by people who ski, and who have skied the resorts in question. (Although they talk about the "big lines" in Squaw Palisades, serious lines there but hardly big. OK I suppose 100 feet of vertical is big if you're in the air the whole way down.)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/christophersteiner/2012/12/03/the-top-10-ski-resorts-in-the-united-states-for-2013/

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The big lines at Squaw are at the bottom of KT-22 when the upper mountain is closed.

 

The lines of consequence are ubiquitous.

post #15 of 20
Yes, the article is surprisingly reasonable. A couple of bloopers made it through though: they talk about watching the best skiers in the world skiing big lines on Palisades. It's actually much better to do it on a weekday, as the Palisades are usually closed on weekends. Then there is this phrase: "And Squaw, for all its awesomeness, draws scenesters like quad-roasted coffee poured over organic donuts served with a side of smuggypants. ". What???
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Thank goodness for Urban Dictionary
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scenester

a person who tries very hard to fit the stereotype of a certain scene. often having to do with a specific genre of music emo.indie.punk.rock. dresses and acts in a prescribed fashion. image focused. vain.
they got all dressed up to hang out with their scenester friends.
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Yes, the article is surprisingly reasonable. A couple of bloopers made it through though: they talk about watching the best skiers in the world skiing big lines on Palisades. It's actually much better to do it on a weekday, as the Palisades are usually closed on weekends. Then there is this phrase: "And Squaw, for all its awesomeness, draws scenesters like quad-roasted coffee poured over organic donuts served with a side of smuggypants. ". What???

C'mon, anyone who knows Squaw, knows that its cookies, NOT Donuts!

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Above comments refer to the new overall Top 10 list 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/christophersteiner/2013/11/13/the-top-10-ski-resorts-in-the-united-states-for-2014/

 

1) Jackson

2) Snowbird

3) Alta

4) Alyeska

5) Squaw

6) Vail

7) Mammoth

8) Targhee

9) Telluride

10) Solitude

 

I mention this because Christopher Steiner called me in September and requested my snow data to refine his exercise. We had extensive e-mail correspondence about the components of his PAF formula. 

 

He now emphasizes snow more in the new ratings, so Park City, Big Sky and A-Basin fell off and Telluride dropped from #3 to #9 while Mammoth and Solitude were added.  He also saw the logic of my Targhee vs. Wolf Creek comparison.  This is not my list but IMHO it's now much more internally consistent with his stated criteria.

 

I saw this thread about Top 5 family resorts and e-mailed him some comments.  Beaver Creek, Park City are reasonable choices.  I think Heavenly is a spectacularly bad choice due to awkward layout, beginner terrain not at the base, traverse-intensive terrain and chokepoints uploading and downloading when it's busy.  Breck has some of these issues too, but its easy terrain is near the base area and the lift system is better.

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Top 5 ski Resorts for Families in 2014

With  the emphasis on families there is a strong presence of resorts that are in the Vail Family.

 

  1. Beaver Creek
  2. Heavenly
  3. Park City
  4. Solitude
  5. Breckenridge

 

I smell smoke in this list.
Hmmm....

Colorado has 2 - The effect of the legalization of weed. Don't have to worry about Junior getting arrested. Now that's a relief. Could more than pay for the trip. Why go anywhere else?

California - yep, unofficial state plant. Unofficial top cash crop.

Utah - between the religious kidnappings and the meth labs, weed is like a nice puppy for the kids to play with.

 

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Yes, the article is surprisingly reasonable. A couple of bloopers made it through though: they talk about watching the best skiers in the world skiing big lines on Palisades. It's actually much better to do it on a weekday, as the Palisades are usually closed on weekends. Then there is this phrase: "And Squaw, for all its awesomeness, draws scenesters like quad-roasted coffee poured over organic donuts served with a side of smuggypants. ". What???

 

I'm glad I wasn't drinking anything or it would be all over the screen and I'd be choking to death. About the most absurd, ridiculous phrase I've ever read. Especially since "quad roasted coffee" just does not go with "smuggypants". Not that anything goes with smuggypants. All I can figure is some dude was writing this in an Organic Coffee Cafe, was at a lost for words, and got "smuggypants" from his girlfriend. Or vice versa.

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I think I just found the next tourism catch phrase for Colorado.....   LOL....:rotflmao:

 

 

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I smell smoke in this list.
Hmmm....

Colorado has 2 - The effect of the legalization of weed. Don't have to worry about Junior getting arrested. Now that's a relief. Could more than pay for the trip. Why go anywhere else?

California - yep, unofficial state plant. Unofficial top cash crop.

Utah - between the religious kidnappings and the meth labs, weed is like a nice puppy for the kids to play with.

 

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I'm glad I wasn't drinking anything or it would be all over the screen and I'd be choking to death. About the most absurd, ridiculous phrase I've ever read. Especially since "quad roasted coffee" just does not go with "smuggypants". Not that anything goes with smuggypants. All I can figure is some dude was writing this in an Organic Coffee Cafe, was at a lost for words, and got "smuggypants" from his girlfriend. Or vice versa.

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