Again the question here is what does the majority want? Do you want the shops and services; or are you going to have all of your affairs in order before you leave. (going XXX resort and want to shop for new gear, get boots fitted, high end tune etc.). Are you happy going to the store and cooking your own meals, and/or eating the local comfort foods; or do you want the five coarses and imported wine? Are you there to ski and kick back at the end of the day and have a few beers, or do you want a raving nightclub to crawl out of in the wee hours of the morning? True the majority rules but there is a common middle ground here somewhere.
For me there is a sense of adventure here. Meeting new people from different lands , and mingling with the locals and enjoying what they enjoy 365 days of the year. The 'smaller' and off of the beaten path mountians to me are the place to be. You might have to work alittle harder to get to them (air transfers, longer drives), but I believe the the extra effort is worth it. Sort of like Fernie a few years ago. The snow is still the same and the mountian hasn't changed, but the traffic is much higher then it used to be. I'm more interested in the numbers; vert, snow, runs etc. I'm not that overly concerned with the quality and quantity of the nightlife. It is all about the skiing primarily.
WTFH: Big pics for a big mountian right? Please do explain the lower one. Is that something that should even be posted here at an unrated site?
Remember my friend it is London Canada. I thinks for the sake of the rest here, it is a good thing that there is an ocean seperating us, as the trouble that the two of us could get into truly would be epic. I will always have a pint on hand for you my friend, so that I can hear the WTFH story once and for all.
Nolo: Rent your own mountain for a day? Sounds like WAY to much fun!!