Tis the season where the 'best of' ski area list abound around the net. They always have great things about them, that and major ad budgets. But how about the other guys?
There is a whole level of amazing ski areas that lurk in the shadows that deserve some praise too. Some are majors some are small but these are the ones that are not the first places that most people base a vacation around, but are often $ savers for said vacations. These are the ones without an airport or village, the ones that don't often appear on the bucket lists. The lift lines on a weekday may not be long, but these places will leave a lasting smile. Places youcould be happy spending forever at.
We hold these places dear to our hearts because they ROCK!
1/ You have to have been there to submit someplace
2/ You have to give a reason why they shine.
3/ They don't all have to be West of Denver. (mine are, but yours don't have to be
4/ Choices don't have to be in North America, where do the Europeans really ski?
5/Your choices do not have to be in order, there could never be only 1.
Hope you play.
Great infrastructure and all the mountain most can handle> Mountains with FIS downhill courses are rare.
Bridger Bowl, Montana.
Snow, terrain, vibe. This a ski area with a lot of soul.
Crystal Mountain, Washington.
Alta/Bird would love to claim this terrain. This place is huge.
Whitewater, British Columbia.
It could be Bridger's sister ski area.
Silver Mountain, Idaho.
It is like finding a fine local wine or beer. Smooth, full bodied with a nice froth on top. A sleeper.
Arapaho Basin, Colorado.
Terrain diversity and terrain. Another mountain with a soul.