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post #91 of 95

I think ski resort architecture is mostly designed for the point of sale hence perhaps it tries too hard, or perhaps ultimately not hard enough, to be novel and eye catching rather than to fit comfortably into a larger composition. Hence ski resorts tend to stand out in sharp contrast to their surroundings, whether those be the settled architecture of New England ski towns or  the mountain West. Having been involved in the design and production of some indescribably ugly resort architecture, which was exactly what the client sought, because he presumably had a pretty good understanding of what would sell, I have had a good viewer's seat to some of this. These must have appealed to someone. They were designed to sell and some one bought them so I guess the developer knew very well what he was doing. I don't think anyone involved, except perhaps myself and a few others, consciously felt that what they were producing was ugliness, rather they felt assured that what they were making had a certain validity because the crowd, meaning those skiers who would buy the stuff, were more or less applauding.

 

For what its worth, it seems to me that a lot of what has been done in recent years, especially all that timber,log  and stone that you find in the West represents an attempt to reconcile what is built with its surroundings, both the landscape and the historical/cultural milieu. Big Sky it seems to me is a great illustration of this. Unfortunately some newer buildings which look as if they might possibly belong there are in stark contrast to some really butt ugly earlier stuff. Even so I see around the area a lot of ostentation that stands out like a sore thumb in spite of the loveliness of the materials.

 

Bottom line, its us.

post #92 of 95

Kellogg, ID.

 

You catch the gondola in town and ride to the middle of Silver Mountain. A pretty badly worn old mining town with lots of Super Fund Sites around it and a huge car dealership spilling out through a couple of blocks.

 

Odd set-up, but still can really call it "ugly"; it is a ski area.

post #93 of 95
Hurley Wisconsin/Ironwood MI (western U.P), home to Indian Head, Powderhorn and Blackjack. Soooooo ugly, iron minning and prohibtion era bust towns. No good hotels, no charm, little to no retail. So cold. Nice people and one great restaurant, the Liberty Belle Chalet. Otherwise very very depressed.
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Hurley Wisconsin/Ironwood MI (western U.P), home to Indian Head, Powderhorn and Blackjack. Soooooo ugly, iron minning and prohibtion era bust towns. No good hotels, no charm, little to no retail. So cold. Nice people and one great restaurant, the Liberty Belle Chalet. Otherwise very very depressed.

We stayed at a hotel in Hurley last summer on our way back from a canoe trip. It was one of those national chain hotels. They're all pretty much alike. It was fine although I suppose "good" might imply a higher standard. I wouldn't call it bad by any stretch. Northern Wisconsin and the U.P. can be pretty grim in the winter and I guess most of the small towns up there are pretty nondescript so I can see where you might be coming from. We were on our way to western Ontario where the mining and bust towns are even grimmer so Hurley was actually kind of refreshing. Beautiful countryside up there though, at least in summer.  Hemingway "Big Two Hearted River" country.

post #95 of 95

My vote goes to the Silverthorne/Dillon shitshow. I also do not care for SLC and the sprawl up to the Cottonwood Canyons either, but would choose that over soullessness that surrounds the Dillon reservoir.

its not surprising that Keystone, the worst resort in Colorado, is right down the road

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