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What resort has the best skiers?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

To be a little more specific, what resort has the largest fraction of expert skiers?  Or, looking at it the other way, the lowest fraction of beginners and intermediates? 

 

For example, it seems like everybody at Snowbird is advanced or better or much better and a major slice of the skier pie there is flat out incredible.  Few intermediates and even fewer beginners.  Stratton is pretty much the opposite.

 

This question doesn't make sense if you haven't skied a lot of places, so please no "My resort has lots of experts" answers please.

 

:popcorn

post #2 of 24
Mad River Glen

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post #3 of 24

Not having been to either I would suspect that Silverton and Mt. Bohemia wold be in the running since they advertise that they don't have anything but expert terrain.

post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

Mad River Glen

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if you include the Mad River Valley(Sugarbush) I will second that.

post #5 of 24

Crested Butte or Squaw. 

 

I give this 11 more posts before it turns into E vs W. 


Edited by COBillsFan - 1/23/16 at 6:00pm
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by nhskier1969 View Post

if you include the Mad River Valley(Sugarbush) I will second that.

Absolutely
post #7 of 24

With the current conditions we have in the east,  The turns on trails such as Paradise at MRV and Rumble at SB make it that much more technical. 

post #8 of 24

Instead of throwing out my local hills, which would be in the running, I'll go with Jackson Hole.  Really though, anywhere that has big mountains you find excellent skiers.  Some areas in Alaska see quite a few pros year after year.

post #9 of 24
Of places I've been, Snowbird, Jackson and MRG are all probsbly most advanced/expert oriented, so locals are usually very good. They are also all hard to navigate and very boring if you can't comfortably ski the things they rate as black diamonds (for example, there is a sorta funny/sad review of Snowbird on this site describing an intermediate's terrible experience there). Wouldn't care to pick a unique best as it would be pretty meaningless.

The way the OP phrased the question, though, I actually think somewhere smaller with fewer tourists might be a more correct answer. Silverton (never been) or somewhere else with no gapers probably has a higher proportion of experts simply because nobody is traveling there. Basically proportion of experts =\= to best skiers on average.
post #10 of 24

There are also quite a few places that get a ton of skier visits, and so by volume have more expert skiers than even places known for expert skiing, but then if measured by proportion not so much.  Places like Squaw or Mammoth come to mind.  It seems to me like both places have some serious segregation by ability.  There's a large section where intermediates congregate and a couple parts where the experts congregate.  And there are a lot of both types.

post #11 of 24

There seems to be an inordinate amount of pro skiers based at Snowbird & Jackson. Not a lot of beginners at the Bird.

post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

Mad River Glen

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definitely agree with that.

post #13 of 24
There are several places where the very best skiers are better than MRG's best, but you might be right that the average level is highest there. It is small and feisty, and there are plenty of famous neighbors to siphon off the wanna-bes.
post #14 of 24
Any place with a lot of expert terrain will have a decent number of strong skiers. We have two free ride series champs at our hill, some ex-Olympians, and a good number of athletic intermediates who can get down most anything... not well or styl'in, but get down. smile.gif
post #15 of 24

Well I ski at Blue Mountain..sooo....  :dunno

post #16 of 24

Plattekill, NY on the western edge of the Catskills.  Pretty clear that kids who learn there aren't beginners for long at all.  Anyone who hates bumps . . . doesn't bother to make the drive to Plattekill.

post #17 of 24
Red Mt BC.
post #18 of 24
Though the real answer is La Grave if you're only counting locals.
post #19 of 24
Campgaw

/dumbest thread evar
post #20 of 24
MRG all the way - my home smile.gif I love Jay Peak and Stowe in the east too, but they tend to attract beginner skiers. Anyone here ski at MRG?
post #21 of 24
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Though the real answer is La Grave if you're only counting locals.

^^^^ This

 

I don't think a beginner or low intermediate could even make it down to the bottom unassisted.  Zero grooming, 7,000 vertical, steep chutes everywhere, and when I was there the bottom 2,000 vert was icy hell.

post #22 of 24

If you are going to make a claim it has to be about the local pass holding ski community. That being said the east has great skiers but overall the tight trees and bumps on the narrow trails out there don't really prepare someone for the big gnarly steep skiing out west. It's a good background and foundation but you need to be on the big stuff and a lot to get good at it. That doesn't mean that western skiers are better really they just have the milage in different terrain. That being said I have alwyas thought that the best skiers in the US come out of three main locations. Squaw, LCC, and Jackson. there are good skiers everywhere but these three locations constantly turn out the most pro's and locals that could be pro but don't care to be. 

post #23 of 24

Nah, you guys have reverted to the wrong question, which we have beaten to death previously.  This is a new spin on the old topic.  In spite of the title, the question is not really where has the best skiers, but rather where is the average level highest.  And that is largely driven by how few bad skiers you have, not how many good ones..And I'm talking about everyone on the hill, not just locals.

 

Although I'll admit if we go global, La Grave probably wins.

post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by fatbob View Post

Though the real answer is La Grave if you're only counting locals.

^^^^ This

 

I don't think a beginner or low intermediate could even make it down to the bottom unassisted.  Zero grooming, 7,000 vertical, steep chutes everywhere, and when I was there the bottom 2,000 vert was icy hell.

Oh I think a beginner or intermediate could easily make it to the bottom unassisted. Back to their hotel room--most likely not.

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