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post #91 of 106
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post #92 of 106
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If it was raining at Red, why wouldn't you drive over to Whitewater, which often has snow when it's raining at Red?

 

It's possible for it to rain at Whitewater, too, but it's not common. If it's raining in Salmo, it's probably dumping at Whitewater.

 

As for a response to the OP, given unlimited funds, does one of the CMH locations qualify as a resort? Or Mica, or Snowwater or ...

 

And no, I wouldn't have to move. If I'm going to fantasize, a chairlift doesn't cut it.

JH, you may be the exception but:

 

One of the great enigmas of skiing in that part of B.C. is that although Red and Whitewater are only about an hour and a quarter apart, skiers from Red don't ski Whitewater and skiers from Whitewater don't ski Red.:dunno


I can understand that attitude on the part of the faithful who live close to one or the other, but your friends were on a trip. Unless they're long-distance Redheads, it seems like they might want to go where it's snowing.

 

But what do I know? I've only been here 11 years. And last year was really bad at both areas! :mad  But it was worse at Red.

 

Meanwhile, my fantasy helicopter awaits!  :D

post #93 of 106
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Seems like your a good person to ask.  Any place you can think of within an hour of both skiing and the coast where decent surf can be found.  Preferably little if any snow where we live and more sunshine than not.  My wife prefers a small town or city center where we can easily walk to shopping, dining, etc.  I looked at Biarritz, but it is 2.5 hours from skiing and I need to be close enough to do day trips.  My wife is not a fan of the snow nor extended periods of rain.  I hate it much over 75 degrees in the summer.  We can live in any EU country, Canada or the US.  WWYG?


Is this a serious question or are you just going to tell me that Mammoth kicks butt and already fits your needs exactly? :D

I suppose there is Mount Ruapehu NZ, Mauna Kea, Hawaii, Pradollano Sierra Nevada, Spain or Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia, Argentina.

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Seems like your a good person to ask.  Any place you can think of within an hour of both skiing and the coast where decent surf can be found.  Preferably little if any snow where we live and more sunshine than not.  My wife prefers a small town or city center where we can easily walk to shopping, dining, etc.  I looked at Biarritz, but it is 2.5 hours from skiing and I need to be close enough to do day trips.  My wife is not a fan of the snow nor extended periods of rain.  I hate it much over 75 degrees in the summer.  We can live in any EU country, Canada or the US.  WWYG?


I have the perfect suggestion. Move on to ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

a new wife. 

 

:D

post #95 of 106
I think the fact that Alta collects more votes then the much bigger European or North American resorts has something to do with this forum's demographic. The thing is that people over 55 - 60 they just don't need 6000 feet vertical any more, endless slopes , glaciers, year round skiing etc. The 2000 vertical of Alta ( which is a small hill according the European standard) with its superb quality snow and not intimidating dimensions suits many people perfectly well.
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I think the fact that Alta collects more votes then the much bigger European or North American resorts has something to do with this forum's demographic. The thing is that people over 55 - 60 they just don't need 6000 feet vertical any more, endless slopes , glaciers, year round skiing etc. The 2000 vertical of Alta ( which is a small hill according the European standard) with its superb quality snow and not intimidating dimensions suits many people perfectly well.

 

Or you could chalk it up to the intersection of of good snow, marketing, and grumpy skiers who hate boarders. :)

post #97 of 106
Aspen mountain's a dinky 675 acres and I bet it has more everydayer's than anywhere.
Lot of old ski bums in this town.
I aspire to become one!
post #98 of 106
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I'd say anywhere with....

a. A lift-fed glacier

b. Over 1500 meters vert

c. Lots of frequent natural snowfall

d. Over 150 kilometers of piste available on one lift pass (including other resorts)

e. Plenty of off-piste

f. Long season

g. Not too busy

h. Be able to ski into town from top

j. Good food and alcohol at reasonable prices

k. Work?

 

Short list in no particular order:

1. Zillertal Valley incl Mayrhofen and Hintertux

2. Mont Blanc incl Chamonix/Courmeyur/Verbier

3. Espace Killy – Val d'Isère/Tignes

4. Les 3 Vallées – Val Thorens/Les Menuires/Méribel/Courchevel

5. Zermatt - Matterhorn

 

Get a dice and throw it! Throw 6 throw again. There are at least another three in France such as Les Deux Alpes and Alp d'Huez that would be fine.

L2A and ADH are fine and fun but I think lacking a little bit in the lifetime stakes compared to other Euro alternatives.  Given that the best feature of both IMV is proximity to La Grave I'd consider living somewhere where I could access all (& drive over the Lauteret on days when Serre Che delivers more).

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My dream destination:  Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan.  2 reasons: 1) powder capital of the world (as I've heard); 2) good food (love Japanese food).

post #100 of 106

It's a toss up between Mountain Creek, Hunter, or Keystone. Just kidding. 

 

Shames for the touring and unexplored ski lines outside of the area. 

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Is this a serious question or are you just going to tell me that Mammoth kicks butt and already fits your needs exactly? :D

I suppose there is Mount Ruapehu NZ, Mauna Kea, Hawaii, Pradollano Sierra Nevada, Spain or Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia, Argentina.

Mammoth is to far from the coast and the wife would not live there.  Of the others you mentioned only the resort in Spain fits were I want to be, but the surf close to it would be crap not being on the Atlantic.  So far for what we want, Biarritz by the beach and a 2.5 hour drive to the slopes is the best I can come up with.  The 2.5 hour drive is a deal killer for day trips though.:(

post #102 of 106
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Mammoth is to far from the coast and the wife would not live there.  Of the others you mentioned only the resort in Spain fits were I want to be, but the surf close to it would be crap not being on the Atlantic.  So far for what we want, Biarritz by the beach and a 2.5 hour drive to the slopes is the best I can come up with.  The 2.5 hour drive is a deal killer for day trips though.:(

I think Spain is the best option....if we are only talking about Europe or North America. Is there surfing in the Cantabrian region? It's a compromise as those resorts seem only to have max 500 meter vertical drops, but you are near enough to the Pyrenees for weekends to bigger hills.

post #103 of 106

Remember we are living in Fantasy land with this entire thread. Even so there are two obvious answers to your 1st world dilemma here. Try these solutions on for size (and really you don't need to thank me for them  :beercheer:).

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Mammoth is to far from the coast and the wife would not live there.  Of the others you mentioned only the resort in Spain fits were I want to be, but the surf close to it would be crap not being on the Atlantic.  So far for what we want, Biarritz by the beach and a 2.5 hour drive to the slopes is the best I can come up with.  The 2.5 hour drive is a deal killer for day trips though.:(

1/ Commute in your Jet Ranger to the ski area from the beach house. Within an hours flying time from a lot of coastal cities there should be some pretty fair mountains available.

 

If flying is an issue try option 2.

 

2/ Anchorage, Alaska. Alyeska is about 45 minutes down the road and speaking from experience, IT ROCKS. Anchorage has always been rather cosmopolitan in its own dirt-bag way, and here is the surfing.  http://www.adn.com/video/video-alaska-surfer-girl-relishes-turnagain-arm-boretide

post #104 of 106

Total fantasy thread - I know nobody's posted for a while, but it got me thinking...

 

one resort, probably Revelstoke. 

 

But, if we take into account year-round living, probably Canmore - intl airport is nearby in Calgary, and there's Sunshine, LL, Kicking Horse, Revy, Castle, Fernie all in easy driving distance. Red, Whitewater, Big White, Sun Peaks not too far away.

post #105 of 106
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Total fantasy thread - I know nobody's posted for a while, but it got me thinking...

 

one resort, probably Revelstoke. 

 

But, if we take into account year-round living, probably Canmore - intl airport is nearby in Calgary, and there's Sunshine, LL, Kicking Horse, Revy, Castle, Fernie all in easy driving distance. Red, Whitewater, Big White, Sun Peaks not too far away.

 

The problem with Revelstoke, aside from their flawed lift system, is the fact that if you are not a back country skier, then Revy has a limited number of runs. They are very long but there are not a lot of them. At one point on the front side it is only 3 runs wide.

post #106 of 106
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The problem with Revelstoke, aside from their flawed lift system, is the fact that if you are not a back country skier, then Revy has a limited number of runs. They are very long but there are not a lot of them. At one point on the front side it is only 3 runs wide.


 Yeah :) but this is a fantasy thread! In my fantasy world, it also never rains at Revelstoke and there's beautiful snow from top to bottom, from November to April. ;)

 

 

That's why ultimately I put Canmore down - because you can just go to another resort if the conditions are bad. And though the Alberta Rockies don't get as much snow - there is definitely something to be said about not having to ski in the rain...or deal with melt-freeze cycles...

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