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Ski Area or Resort?

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Here's a totally useless discussion point, have fun. 

 

OK, here in Washington we have a bunch of ski areas.  Some of them call themselves "resorts" but they really don't fit the resort model because, with some very minor exceptions, they don't have lodging or extensive retail involved and don't attract a significant amount of out of area skiers.  The skiers I hang with call these places "ski areas" and never "resorts."  I grew up here and have always used ski area to describe these places.  When I think of resorts I think of Whistler, Vail, Deer Valley, etc.  However, here on Epic it seems the rule to call everything a "resort" no matter how big or small it is.  Is this common in other parts of the world or are we just different?

post #2 of 6
Might be an east coast thing. I think of Whitefish as a ski area. Because I used to ski back east in PA, where the only place that might be a resort is Seven Springs. So, I'm used to saying ski area. Plus Whitefish stills feels pretty local unless you're comparing it to Blacktail.
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I've always wondered about this topic myself.  This is what Wiki has to say on the matter:

 

A ski resort is a resort developed for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. In Europe a ski resort is a town or village in a ski area - a mountainous area, where there are ski trails and other supporting services such as hotels, restaurants, equipment rentals, and a ski lift system. In North America it is more common for ski areas to exist well away from towns, and the term ski resort is used for a destination resort, often purpose-built and self-contained, where skiing is the main activity. The term ski station is also used, particularly in Europe, for a skiing facility which is not located in or near a town or village.

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Well, then there are the little places like Massanutten.  All of 70 acres for skiing for about 2.5 months, with hundreds more acres that make up a 4-season "resort" with a few thousand condos and houses, two golf courses, an indoor waterpark, pools, etc.  Sometimes I call it a ski hill, sometimes a ski area, but rarely a ski resort.

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I've always wondered about this topic myself.  This is what Wiki has to say on the matter:

 

A ski resort is a resort developed for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. In Europe a ski resort is a town or village in a ski area - a mountainous area, where there are ski trails and other supporting services such as hotels, restaurants, equipment rentals, and a ski lift system. In North America it is more common for ski areas to exist well away from towns, and the term ski resort is used for a destination resort, often purpose-built and self-contained, where skiing is the main activity. The term ski station is also used, particularly in Europe, for a skiing facility which is not located in or near a town or village.

So Big Sky/Moonlight is a ski resort and Bridger is a ski area?

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Originally Posted by core2 View Post
 

I've always wondered about this topic myself.  This is what Wiki has to say on the matter:

 

A ski resort is a resort developed for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. In Europe a ski resort is a town or village in a ski area - a mountainous area, where there are ski trails and other supporting services such as hotels, restaurants, equipment rentals, and a ski lift system. In North America it is more common for ski areas to exist well away from towns, and the term ski resort is used for a destination resort, often purpose-built and self-contained, where skiing is the main activity. The term ski station is also used, particularly in Europe, for a skiing facility which is not located in or near a town or village.
 

Thanks!  This is the first time I've ever heard about a "ski station."  That's what we've got a lot of around here.

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