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post #91 of 106

Makes me think of another king, has anyone mentioned Snowking?

post #92 of 106

The cost in time and/or airfare $$$ getting to relatively modest lift-served size Shames or Powder King makes it highly unlikely that either will attract many skiers from outside driving distance.

 

To my top 10 uncrowded areas I would add Apex and Red Mt. in B.C.  Red only averages 115,000 skier visits, very modest for an area of its size.  Apex clearly is much quieter than Big White or Silver Star, as evidenced by a very low competition powder day I had there last February 17.

 

Red Mt. window price 2016-17 is $89CDN

Apex window price 2016-17 is $78CDN

post #93 of 106
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Makes me think of another king, has anyone mentioned Snowking?

Super awesome mountain, great lift ticket price, free parking.....why no love?

 

post #94 of 106

There were a couple chutes like this out the back door of Motel6 in the animal no go zone.  So tempting one February I was there, but there were no tracks and I wasn't going to be the hole from away.

 

BTW, that shot must have been a fun run.

post #95 of 106
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I did not read anything above to speak of, so maybe Anthony Lakes has been mentioned. I know folks who go there every season and they love it. Lift prices: http://anthonylakes.com/rates/

 

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The cost in time and/or airfare $$$ getting to relatively modest lift-served size Shames or Powder King makes it highly unlikely that either will attract many skiers from outside driving distance.

 

Speaking of places in the middle of nowhere, Anthony Lakes is over 5 hrs from Bend, about 5 hrs from Portland and almost 3 from Boise.

 

As much as I'd like to do an ABBA (Ashland/Bailey/Bachelor/Anthony Lakes) tour in Oregon on way to the Whistler Gathering, I can't see driving 4-5 hours out of my way for 1 chair/900 vertical foot Anthony Lakes when I can get to Mt Hood Meadows for the first time by going an hour out of my way.

 

I would like to get there sometime and realize they have higher base and should have drier snow than Meadows plus $199 cat skiing. But it seems like unless you have a lot of time, it would only make sense if driving between Boise and Pacific Northwest or BC in winter.

post #96 of 106
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I did not read anything above to speak of, so maybe Anthony Lakes has been mentioned. I know folks who go there every season and they love it. Lift prices: http://anthonylakes.com/rates/

 

Speaking of places in the middle of nowhere, Anthony Lakes is over 5 hrs from Bend, about 5 hrs from Portland and almost 3 from Boise.

 

As much as I'd like to do an ABBA (Ashland/Bailey/Bachelor/Anthony Lakes) tour in Oregon on way to the Whistler Gathering, I can't see driving 4-5 hours out of my way for 1 chair/900 vertical foot Anthony Lakes when I can get to Mt Hood Meadows for the first time by going an hour out of my way.

 

I would like to get there sometime and realize they have higher base and should have drier snow than Meadows plus $199 cat skiing. But it seems like unless you have a lot of time, it would only make sense if driving between Boise and Pacific Northwest or BC in winter.

Apparently @BobMc had a very good time doing the cat skiing at Anthony Lakes.  That's why I remember the name.

post #97 of 106
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The cost in time and/or airfare $$$ getting to relatively modest lift-served size Shames or Powder King makes it highly unlikely that either will attract many skiers from outside driving distance.

 

 

 

Agreed, but I'm pretty sure people on this site would be interested :) I think Shames has more of a chance of attracting visitors. Powder King, forget it. Definitely way too out of the way.

 

It is also interesting to note that the Vancouver - Terrace route, which used to run 7 times a week in the winter season in 2012, now operates 34 flights a week in winter...I'm not saying that's all necessarily skiing but...

 

In many ways, Shames - and all the mountains around Terrace/Smithers are no harder to get to than most of the interior BC resorts. That area could be another mini powder highway - it's especially great if you're into backcountry skiing. And of course, having your pick of powder stashes.


Edited by albertanskigirl - 9/20/16 at 6:53pm
post #98 of 106
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Terrace/Smithers ......it's especially great if you're into backcountry skiing.

This.  One of MadPatSki's friends from eastern Canada goes out there regularly.  But he's primarily a backcountry skier.  There is a dedicated lift-free ski area in the region: http://www.tetongravity.com/story/ski/A-Lift-Free-Ski-Area-B-C39s-Hankin-Evelyn-5938349

post #99 of 106

I did not read all of the posts but this one falls under the radar quite often.  Pebble Creek, ID. $45/day about 60% black or double black and all the hike to your legs can stand. It could work out pretty well for a trip including Snow King.

 

The Washington Cascades; Crystal Mt. huge, Alpental how steep can you handle, Stevens Pass like trees, Mt Baker different. If you were to do Washington I would recommend Crystal Mt.  Snowbird would like to be able to claim that terrain, and the snow is normally a lot better than you probably expect.

post #100 of 106
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BUMP for those who missed this thread last spring.  The news about expansion at Montana Snowbowl reminded me.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147459/expansion-at-montana-snowbowht

 

Thanks for resurrecting this thread and for the info on Snowbowl. I was thinking of skipping Snowbowl for our Xmas trip because of the lack of family friendly terrain even though we are flying in/out of Missoula but this info could change things. We ended up booking a condo at the Morningstar lodge at Silver Mtn in Kellogg, ID with the indoor waterpark. Interestingly, I have convinced two other families to join us, both of whom are not die-hard skiing families, but were tired of the Xmas rat-race at the well-known resorts and wanted to try something different. Don't worry North Idaho peeps I wont tell too many about your hidden gems :)

post #101 of 106

I would definitely vote for A.Basin, considering the affordability, or cost efficiency.

For someone like me, who flies CO several times each season from miserable OH, It is one of the closest to the airport and opens for longest time ( late October to Early June).

For the EPIC pass holder, It is included with most EPIC passes.

Even for those considering tickets, the 4-days NO BLACKOUT ticket is only $169,which costs less than $45 per day.

post #102 of 106
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Apparently @BobMc had a very good time doing the cat skiing at Anthony Lakes.  That's why I remember the name.

 

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Smiles for days...

post #103 of 106
I mean, I skied Solitude for about 70/day and it was some damn good skiing... As far as steeps go there's isn't too much but there is enough terrain to have a lot of fun on esspecially on the back side with tree runs/ hike to terrain etc..... also not a single lift line cheap food and beer! Check it out!
post #104 of 106
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I would definitely vote for A.Basin, considering the affordability, or cost efficiency.

For someone like me, who flies CO several times each season from miserable OH, It is one of the closest to the airport and opens for longest time ( late October to Early June).

For the EPIC pass holder, It is included with most EPIC passes.

Even for those considering tickets, the 4-days NO BLACKOUT ticket is only $169,which costs less than $45 per day.


I'm a big Abasin fan too but they have been upping prices the last few years, now with a $96 walk up rate.  For me, that price precludes Abasin from the "affordable" category. 

 

Good tip on the 4-pack for those who that works for.  I usually plan Abasin trips last minute in the spring and split time with other open ski areas (Loveland/WP/etc.)  so it doesn't work for me.

post #105 of 106

IIRC A-Basin has reasonably priced one day Liftopia tickets in spring.  I don't recall how far in advance they need to be purchased.

post #106 of 106

I love bridges bowl. Some truly incredible terrain

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