or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Top 10 Most Uncrowded Resorts in North America
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Top 10 Most Uncrowded Resorts in North America

post #1 of 144
Thread Starter 

Another top 10 :D  I know how you all love these. 

But.....bear with me.  This could be one of the more accurate top 10 lists I've seen in a while. 

 

Top 10 Uncrowded Ski Resorts in North America 

  1. Telluride
  2. Big Sky
  3. Grand Targhee
  4. Steamboat @Finndog
  5. SunValley
  6. Revelstoke
  7. Sugar Loaf
  8. 49 Degrees North @Pete No. Idaho
  9. Crested Butte
  10. Moonlight Basin
post #2 of 144

Didn't we just have another list that had Steamboat as one of the most crowded?

post #3 of 144

Not a large resort, but B.C.'s Apex is the most deserted place I've ever skied.

post #4 of 144

I'm feeling like there are a lot of places in Canada that should / could have made this list.

 

Not sure how Steamboat can make both the top 10 skier visits list and this one.


Edited by JayT - 9/22/14 at 1:25pm
post #5 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
 

Another top 10 :D  I know how you all love these. 

But.....bear with me.  This could be one of the more accurate top 10 lists I've seen in a while. 

 

Top 10 Uncrowded Ski Resorts in North America 

  1. Telluride
  2. Big Sky
  3. Grand Targhee
  4. Steamboat @Finndog
  5. SunValley
  6. Revelstoke
  7. Sugar Loaf
  8. 49 Degrees North @Pete No. Idaho
  9. Crested Butte
  10. Moonlight Basin

 

 

Any list of uncrowded ski areas that doesn't include Ski Cooper is laughable:rotflmao:

 

 

 

I disagree with Finndog and find that Steamboat is relatively crowded.  I almost always have to wait in line for a chair at Steamboat and the gondola line in the morning is ludicrous.

post #6 of 144
Does the ranking mean that Big Sky is less crowded than it's immediate neighbor of Moonlight Basin? OK, they are under common ownership now, so, is irrelevant. The Epic Gathering 2 years ago was at Big Sky, and, it appeared empty once off of the Big Sky base lodge lift. The funny part was the locals thought it was jammed due to that week being a major Canadian holiday. But, Moonlight Basin is far less crowded, smallest base facility I've ever seen.
post #7 of 144
Based on what? Without seeing what their methodology is, I have a hard time believing that some of those guys beat us. I notice their trail count is out of date.
post #8 of 144

Ascutney and The Balsams are pretty uncrowded. Uncrowded isn't always a good thing.

post #9 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by epic View Post

Ascutney and The Balsams are pretty uncrowded. Uncrowded isn't always a good thing.

LOL. So true! Buy Saddleback tickets!
post #10 of 144

Good List....many of the resorts are hard to get to..... I hope Big Sky is added to the MC Pass

next year. Steamboat doesnt belong on the list. As a rule of thumb a ski resort shouldnt be a mob scene

during the holidays if it is on the list. 

post #11 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post


LOL. So true! Buy Saddleback tickets!

 

Saddleback may be the most underrated, uncrowded ski area on the entire East Coast.  Born and raised Mainah that learned to ski there 36 years ago.

post #12 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by cmsummit View Post

Saddleback may be the most underrated, uncrowded ski area on the entire East Coast.  Born and raised Mainah that learned to ski there 36 years ago.

Wish it wasn't so far away.

Hopefully this year, I'll make it.
post #13 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 

Not a large resort, but B.C.'s Apex is the most deserted place I've ever skied.


True way less crowded than Revelstoke

At Apex a 2 chair wait means its a holiday weekend, for 3 chairs you need a mechanical failure.   

post #14 of 144
Wasn't the question Uncrowded Ski Resort? Not ski area.
Yes, big sky and moonlight are now simply big sky.
Never been there but If Teluride is less crowded than BS they must be nearly broke!
post #15 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by steveturner View Post

Wasn't the question Uncrowded Ski Resort? Not ski area.
 

 

 Pretty sure that counts 49 out...

post #16 of 144

Castle Mountain has over 3500 acres and is completely deserted mid week. Even the weekend crowds from Calgary seem worse than they actually are due to having 4 chairlifts, all fixed grip. (1 for beginners, 1 for intermediates, 1 for advanced and intermediates, 1 for experts except for a couple of intermediate runs). 90k skier visits IIRC.

 

Panarama has 4300' vertical and 2847 acres and 3.5 hours from Calgary, so I was shocked to learn that it gets only 200k skier visits.

 

Sun Peaks get 325k skier visits and this summer they are adding 500 skiable acres (runs are being cut as I type this) making it tied with Lake Louise as the 2nd biggest ski resort in Canada. With 4200 skiable acres it swallows up the crowds pretty nicely. In fact even on "busy" weekends most of the time you can look down a run, see that no one else is on it, and then ski as fast as you want.

post #17 of 144
Another stupid list, written by people that have probably never been to half of them.
BS is uncrowded, till you get in the tram line.
post #18 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by JayT View Post
 

I'm feeling like there are a lot of places in Canada that should / could have made this list.

 

 

+1

post #19 of 144

Sugarloaf can get pretty crowded and Steamboat does a good bit of volume in my experience.

post #20 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thiago View Post
 

 

+1

 

It seems that most of whoever makes up these lists, be it editors or readers, know very little about skiing in Canada other than Whistler and maybe they have heard of the Powder Highway and Revy's biggest vertical in N.A. due to marketing. So why not just keep the lists USA only instead of looking like fools.

post #21 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post
 

 

 

Any list of uncrowded ski areas that doesn't include Ski Cooper is laughable:rotflmao:

 

 

 

I disagree with Finndog and find that Steamboat is relatively crowded.  I almost always have to wait in line for a chair at Steamboat and the gondola line in the morning is ludicrous.

 

Yes, Steamboat stands out like a sore thumb on that list.  900,000 skier visits on 3000 acres? Better than Summit County, worse than most of the rest of North America. Snowmass would be a worthier addition, but I still wouldn't put it on a least crowded top ten.

 

I think an accurate list would be full of places where 8 of the 10 would be places you have never heard of.  You know, places not unlike Ski Cooper.  And, if you are going to discard those places, the author should probably provide at minimum an explanation of what is a resort.  Does Targhee have any lodging? Does 49 North? Or is the list not internally consistent with resort vs ski area- something that could explain why Cooper or all the tons of other mountains seeing less than 100k skier visits a year were omitted.

post #22 of 144
I get the impression it's based on reader survey ratings. Which rely on impressions, not hard statistics, and certainly means that the less crowded it is, the fewer survey results there will be... So, if they have no surveys, there's no rating. Or something crazy like that.
post #23 of 144

There's no way Sugarloaf should make this list over a number of other New England resorts. Grew up skiing Sugarbush, but switched to Sugarloaf the last few years due to going to college in Maine, and Sugarbush is definitely less crowded than Sugarloaf on almost all weekends. Even last season I was at Sugarbush over MLK weekend, and while South was packed, I went over to North and the longest lift line was maybe 5 minutes. No way the lines at Sugarloaf are 5 minutes or less on a normal weekend, let alone MLK.

post #24 of 144

A not crowded ski resort.  The ### best ski areas you have never heard of.  Undiscovered ski resorts.  Northern Idaho has a very small population base, ski areas drawing from Spokane, Couer d alene and Missoula -  49 Degrees North is close to Spokane and draws people although not a lot of people. Schweitzer draws from Spokane, CDA and Sandpoint plus has some tourist destination visitors.  That leave Lookout Pass (a small area) and Silver Mt. a medium sized resort with some big time off piste skiing.

 

Lookout is crowded on Saturdays because they have a free childrens ski school and chair one can get plugged up sometimes.

 

Silver Mt has 2200 vertical and some great off piste powder skiing and hiking.  Jeff and I skied Sat of presidents day weekend last year and had great skiing with no lift lines.  Quit for lunch and a beer at one pm and the lodge was full but the hill wasn't.  Taught a few years ago on Christmas weekend and the longest lift line I saw was maybe 4 or 5 deep.  Unbelievable with myself coming from tahoe.

 

Maybe a picture is worth too many words.  These were all taken during my normal ski time at Silver = notice the crowds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0534.JPG

 

 

silver 2012 004.JPG

post #25 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post

 

Maybe a picture is worth too many words.  These were all taken during my normal ski time at Silver = notice the crowds.

 

 

There are threads that make me appreciate where I live and where I ski.  This is not one of them.

post #26 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

It seems that most of whoever makes up these lists, be it editors or readers, know very little about skiing in Canada other than Whistler and maybe they have heard of the Powder Highway and Revy's biggest vertical in N.A. due to marketing. So why not just keep the lists USA only instead of looking like fools.

Because it's a marketing ploy.

post #27 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I get the impression it's based on reader survey ratings. Which rely on impressions, not hard statistics, and certainly means that the less crowded it is, the fewer survey results there will be... So, if they have no surveys, there's no rating. Or something crazy like that.

 

Having a survey to determine the most uncrowded resort is a self-defeating metric.

post #28 of 144

"The top-rated underrated resort..."

post #29 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post
 

 

 

I almost always have to wait in line for a chair at Steamboat and the gondola line in the morning is ludicrous.

 

No question about it.  Steamboat at #4 and supposedly less crowded than any of the Aspens is beyond ludicrous.  I can vouch for Telluride being at or near the top.

post #30 of 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post
 

 

No question about it.  Steamboat at #4 and supposedly less crowded than any of the Aspens is beyond ludicrous.  I can vouch for Telluride being at or near the top.

 

It sounds like Steamboat would be #1 on the Yogi Berra list. "The place is so crowded no one goes there anymore".

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Top 10 Most Uncrowded Resorts in North America