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Top 10 Favorites & Top 10 Want to Ski (but haven't...yet)

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

I love lists, rankings and the like.  How about a discussion of your Top 10 favorite places to ski (using whatever criteria it is that you prefer), followed by your Top 10 "bucket list" of ski places that you would like to experience but have not yet enjoyed.


I'll start things off with my Top 10.  (I consider myself Level 7.)


1. Telluride

2. Aspen Highlands

3. Snowmass

4. Mt. Bachelor

5. Taos

6. Keystone

7. Copper Mountain

8. Steamboat

9. Aspen (Ajax)

10. Winter Park


Bucket List Top 10:


1. Zermatt

2. Whistler/Blackcomb

3. Sun Valley

4. Jackson Hole

5. Snowbird

6. Beaver Creek

7. Alta

8. Squaw Valley

9. Espace Killy

10. Park City


Yours?  (and let me know if my Bucket List does not compute with my favorites)

post #2 of 21

In no particular order.

Been there:

Aspen Highlands, Taos, Arapahoe Basin, Squaw Valley, Kirkwood, Snowbird, Alta, MRG, Wildcat, Saddleback, numerous others I hate to leave off.


Bucket:  Lake Louise, St. Anton, 3 Valleys, Davos, Val Gardena, Val d'Isere, Telluride, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Kicking Horse, would love to visit dozens more in the Alps.

post #3 of 21

top 10 I have skied



Jackson Hole






Powder Mountain




top 10 bucket list


japan as a whole





Big white

Mount Baker


Aspen mountains

Chic choc cat trip

post #4 of 21

1) WB

2) Chamonix

3) Verbier

4) Snowbird

5) Kitzbuehl

6) Squaw

7) Banff

8) Lake Louise

9) Jackson Hole

10) Lech / St Anton


1) Zermatt

2) Silverton

3) Revie

4) Alyeska

5) Japan (maybe in March)

6) Taos

7) Telluride

8) New Zealand

9) Val d'Isere

10 Stowe (no, really........)










Ok, Ok, my #10 is really Jiminy Peak

post #5 of 21

Top 10 I have skied








Alpine Meadows





Top 10 I want to ski






La Balme



Sun Valley




post #6 of 21

Been to 80% of places.  No order.


1.  Any backcountry out west. (Teton Pass, Hans Peak, etc)

2.  Baker

3.  Grand G.

4.  Lake Louise

5.  Steamboat

6.  Crystal

7.  Stevens Pass

8.  Sunshine V.

9.  Deer Valley/Snowbasin (with a family, just like Steamboat)

10.  Anything in Wyoming or Washington


Would like:

1.  Japan

2.  all 14 8 thousand meters (K2 most)

3.  Squa V.

4.  Whitefish

5.  TelluRide

6.  Denali

7.  Alyaska

8.  All 10 biggest US mountains

9.  MICA

10.  Something down south (Tennessee?)

post #7 of 21

My top 10 list of places I visited, is a mix of criteria: Snow conditions, terrain, scenery, town/village vibe etc.

Not including Heli/Cat operators


In no particular order.


- Whistler

- Sun Peaks

- Revelstoke

- Fernie

- Beaver Creek

- Lake Louise

- Snowbird

- Mt. Maker

- Red Mountain

- Portillo


Bucket List:

- Las Lenas (must be a good snow year)

- hokkaido, Japan

- Zermatt

- St. Anton

- St Moritz

- Kicking Horse

- Jackson Hole

- Telluride

- Big Sky

- Aspen

post #8 of 21
Top Ten Faves
  • Mary Jane
  • Mad River Glen
  • Montana Snowbowl
  • Telluride
  • Silverton
  • Mt. Rose
  • Discovery Basin
  • A.Basin
  • Jay Peak
  • Mt. Bohemia



Top Ten Wanna
  • Red Mt
  • Castle
  • Niseko.....or somewhere else in Japan...
  • Taos
  • Aspen
  • Lookout Pass
  • Wildcat
  • Alta Badia.....or somewhere else in Italy.....
  • Kicking Horse
  • Steven's Pass


Well, here's my list today.  Might be a bit different tomorrow.

Edited by bumpfreaq - 2/3/14 at 1:53pm
post #9 of 21

Places I've been to that I really like and will return to: (not necessarily in order):


  1. Beaver Creek
  2. LCC / BCC / Snowbasin
  3. Sun Peaks
  4. Big Sky
  5. Tahoe (still need to get to Kirkwood though)
  6. Tremblant
  7. Nubs
  8. The Porkies
  9. Bretton Woods
  10. Taos / Angel fire



On the to do list - I'm very likely to hit all of these in the next decade, this is not daydreaming

  1. Sugarloaf (coming up is a few weeks)
  2. Aspen/Snowmass
  3. Crested Butte
  4. Banff
  5. Quebec City (la Massif, Mt Ste Ann, Stoneham)
  6. Powder Mountain (and then maybe Beaver Mt so I can say I've skied everywhere in Utah)
  7. Mammoth
  8. Jay Peak
  9. Grand Targhee
  10. Fernie


I think about going to the Alps or New Zealand or South America, but realistically I don't know that I'll ever get it together to make it happen.

post #10 of 21
Level 9 skier, Top 10 Skied:

- Alta
- Whistler/Blackcomb
- Taos
- Telluride
- Snowbird
- Deer Valley
- Park City
- Snowbasin
- Vail
- Crested Butte

Bucket List:

- Jackson Hole
- St. Anton
- Chamonix
- Fernie
- Chugach backcountry/heli
- Tahoe
- Steamboat
post #11 of 21

Favorites in no order...



Wolf Creek



Arapahoe Basin

Aspen Highlands


Winter Park




I like uncrowded, good snow, good terrain in that order.


Places on my list:

Powder Mountain

Grand Targhee

Crested Butte- never managed to ski there which is silly.

Big Sky



Jackson Hole

Crystal Mountain

Stevens Pass



Edit: Just realized that Discovery Ski Area is also on my list. If I had to axe one to get back to ten, it would probably be Snowbird because of the crowd factor.  I realize that probably seems an odd one to choice to axe, but I know what I like.


I realize my list looks a lot different than most on here...

Edited by anachronism - 2/3/14 at 3:31pm
post #12 of 21

Have a hard time whittling down a top 10 list, but top 3 ? No problem


1.) Steamboat CO- No question. Fantastic snow, incredible trees, nice long runs in a cool setting.

2.) Snowbird UT-  Lots of challenge, deep snow, and who doesn’t love lapping the Tram?

3.) Copper CO-  Great variety and long consistent pitched terrain, the best of I70 options, the snowcat is icing on the cake.


Top destinations I want to visit:


1.) Kicking Horse BC

2.) Squaw Valley CA

3.) Red Mountain BC

4.) Panorama BC

5.) Big Sky MT

post #13 of 21

I think I need a bigger bucket!!!! But here goes:


Faves Ive been to:


1. Taos

2. Alta

3. Mammoth

4. Squaw

5. Alpine Meadows

6. Powder Mountain

7. Mt Rose

8. Kirkwood

9. Sugar bowl

10. Crystal mountain


Bucket list:


1. Jackson hole

2. Snowbird

3. Telluride

4. Crested Butte

5. Big Sky

6. A Basin

7. Steamboat

8. Aspen Highlands

9. Bridger Bowl

10. Revelstoke


Honorable mentions: Grand Targhee, Kicking horse, Whitewater, Whistler, Fernie, Castle mountain, Mt Schweitzer, MT Snowbowl, Whitefish, Solitude, Wolf creek and Alyeska


THEY WILL ALL HAPPEN... as long as I live long enough 


ps  Cat skiing and Heli skiing

post #14 of 21
These lists are fun! And educational smile.gif. Here are my favorites, not in order, although Zermatt does definitely go first:

1) Zermatt
2) St Anton/Lech/Zurs
3) Vail
4) Alta
6) Stowe
5) Chamonix
6) Squaw Valley
7) Beaver Creek
8) Snowbasin
9) Cervinia
10) Deer Valley

My wish list:

1) Les Trois Vallées
2) Dolomites
3) Jackson Hole
4) Telluride
5) Whistler
6) Aspen/Snowmass
7) Snowbird
8) Verbier
9) Morzine
10) Grindelwald/ Wengen
post #15 of 21

I find it hard to choose the top 10 from all of where I've been to. I've skied quite many mountains and too many of them are worth going back. So the one I wish to go back MORE than others isn't always more favorate than others, but only because I haven't been there enough...


Top 10 of "I want to ski AGAIN and AGAIN":


- Aspen

- Big Sky/Moonlight

- Alta/Bird

- Kirkwood

- Vail

- Squaw/Alpine

- Taos

- St. Moritz

- Sunshine/Lake Luise

- tie for the last of the top 10 spot: Sella Ronda/Three Valley



Top 10 of "I want to see for myself":


- Hokaido (probably will do a few)

- Whister

- Silverton

- Crested Butte

- St Anton

- Zermatt

- Verbier

- La Grave

- some place in the Pacific northwest (Mt Bachelor perhaps?)

- somewhere in interior BC

post #16 of 21
Top 10 Favorites:
1. Tahoe – Kirkwood/Heavenly/Northstar/Sierra at Tahoe/Squaw/Alpine Meadows, etc. (My local areas.)
2. Mammoth (My next closest local area>)
3. Mt. Hood – Timberline/Mt. Hood Meadows/Mt. Hood Ski Bowl
4. Resorts near Ogden, UT - Snowbasin/Powder Mountain
5. Utah Canyons – LCC, Alta/Snowbird, BCC, Brighton/Solitude, Provo Canyon, Sundance, and I might as well add Canyons too.
6. Beaver Creek
7. Aspen/Aspen Highlands/Buttermilk/Snowmass
8. Jackson Hole
9. Wherever I’m currently skiing.
10. This space reserved for a location from my bucket list.

Top 10 Bucket List:
1. Zakopane, Poland (The area my Great-Grandparents were from.)
2. “Down Home Tours” – Skiing Road Trips similar to those taken by Glen Plake.
3. South America – Argentina/Chile
4. Alps – France/Switzerland/Austria/Italy
5. Andorra
6. Taos
7. East Coast Swing – Ski some East Coast Resorts
8. Mauna Kea, HI
9. Backcounty Summer Ski locations that I have seen from a distance, but remain just out of reach. (South Sister, Sweetwater Mountains, Bird of Prey Chutes, and others.)
10. This space is open for more suggestions.

An extra category - Top 10 To-Do Agains:
1. New Zealand (Loved it. I’d return in a heartbeat.)
2. Whistler/Blackcomb (Skied there about 25 years ago. I think I’d appreciate it more now.)
3. Heli-Skiing (One amazing day. I’d like to do this again and again.)
4. Arapahoe Basin, CO (I only skied a portion of the front side one day in the spring.)
5. Copper Mountain, CO (Only skied there part of one day. I had to leave early to catch a flight.)
6. Alpental, WA (I only skied there one day in a low-snow season. )
7. Big Sky, MT (Skied one day in fresh powder. I want more.)
8. Steamboat, CO (Skied one day in fresh powder. I want more.)
9. Lost Trail, MT/ID (I only skied a tiny chunk of leftover snow here in the summer.)
10. Four Lakes, IL (The site of my first-ever skiing experience.)
post #17 of 21

Top 10 I've skied:


1) Jackson Hole


3) Copper

4) Heavenly

5) The Canyons

6) Vail

7) Deer Valley

8) Breckenridge

9) Keystone

10) Snowbasin


Bucket list:

(the first 4 really are my bucket list- I'll be skiing you…)

1) Big Sky

2) Banff/Lake Louise

3) Telluride

4) Wistler/Blackcomb


Might as well dream:

5) The haute route - Zermott-Chamonix - ski the whole thing

6) Les Trois Vallees

7) Lech/Zurs/Arlberg

8) Cortina

9) L'espace Killy 

10) Kicking Horse


And since we like lists...

11)Big Island Hawaii (I hope the rent skis at the telescope up there)


I found this nice little rating list online: http://www.powderhounds.com/Best-Ski-Resorts.aspx

post #18 of 21
Mammoth is on both my lists. I was last there over 30 years ago, and I was a lower intermediate back then. Makes it 2 different mountains.
post #19 of 21

Top 10 in no particular order


Trois Vallees

Portes du Soleil

Val d'Isere




St Anton





Wish list







 Dats about it.

post #20 of 21

Favorite 10 places that I've skied (in no particular order)

  1. Aspen Highlands
  2. AltaBird
  3. Stowe
  4. Big Sky
  5. Copper Mountain
  6. Breckenridge
  7. Arapahoe Basin
  8. Squaw Valley
  9. Mt. Rose
  10. Snowmass


Ten places I need to get to (again, no particular order)

  1. Japan
  2. Portillo
  3. Jackson Hole
  4. Somehow forgoing AltaBird and skiing the rest of Utah
  5. Taos
  6. Interior BC (Silverstar, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, etc.)
  7. To hell you ride...  I mean Telluride
  8. Chamonix
  9. Kirkwood
  10. Silverton
post #21 of 21

My top 10 so far . . . places I have fun, places I will return to again.  Alta and Big Sky are clearly top two.  The rest are not in order of preference.  This list reflects becoming an advanced skier in the last 5-6 years after years as an intermediate only skiing a few days every 2-3 years.


- Alta
- Big Sky
- Snowbasin
- Bridger
- Jackson Hole
- Powder Mountain
- Brighton
- Gore
- Plattekill
- Massanutten (home mountain . . . location, location, location)

Bucket List:

- Red
- Bachelor
- Lake Louise
- Taos
- Mammoth
- Chamonix
- somewhere in the French Alps
- somewhere in Australia
- somewhere in South America
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