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post #31 of 35

Separating favorite resort from the conditions I experienced, and people I was with, is difficult - other than I would choose somewhere out west rather than the mid-Atlantic. But I've only skied each western place I've been to a couple of days. If I could do them all again, my thoughts may change.

 

But right not, I think my favorite is Aspen, if I can count all 4 mountains. Probably Snowmass if I have to pick one of those. (Though Highlands is pretty great, even for an intermediate.)

post #32 of 35
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post

The a lot of Lake Louise's terrain are quite enjoyable to advance skiers. If the snow is there, that is. 

I was there last week. All the open terrain look quite doable at good snow. (though there maybe area that were just rocks to me that can be challenging "terrain")

Sunshine, on the other hand, is quite a different story. 

Bad luck with the weather. It was literally hotter than most summer days early last week frown.gif

Lake Louise is closing a week from today, which is earlier than planned. I can't imagine sunshine going another month.
Just a strange, hot spring. We're at least a month ahead of schedule.

Sunshine has definite grade inflation. At least half their runs would be rated a grade lower at most western resorts. Sunshine's reputation as an intermediate resort changed with the openings of the Dive and Goat's Eye (particularly the south facing terrain and Wild West), but when that terrain is closed....

Did a half day last Saturday and a half yesterday. This might be the season for me.
post #33 of 35

Taos.

post #34 of 35
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Sunshine has definite grade inflation. At least half their runs would be rated a grade lower at most western resorts. Sunshine's reputation as an intermediate resort changed with the openings of the Dive and Goat's Eye (particularly the south facing terrain and Wild West), but when that terrain is closed....

I'm not too sensitive to trail rating. I do find the "condition-dependent rating" interesting. 

 

I didn't do a trip report here because it's a short and uneventful trip. I did a trip report in the northeast board, with a more northeast view point: http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthread.php/138212-Sunshine-Lake-Louise-4-15-17-2016  

post #35 of 35

Thanks for the trip report @at_nyc - great detail on the faces and how they warmed up!

 

I agree with what most people have said about Lake Louise having stupendous views - they are definitely some of my favourite! While the snowfall isn't as high as other places, and there are frigid snaps in winter, I would still say that snow preservation on the backside is pretty good. I skied my last day about 10-12 days ago at both Lake Louise and Sunshine and enjoyed the snow quite a bit, despite the unusually hot spring we are having. The conditions 2 weeks ago at Sunshine were mid-May conditions. Sometimes - it doesn't even get that hot in May.

 

At the end of the day, for AB/Interior BC, I would still have to give Sunshine/Lake Louise a slight edge over a place like Fernie. I've loved skiing Fernie - but of all the days I've skied there, I've only had about 2 decent days. Other days were either raining, or icy or so windy that the upper mountain was closed. I love the terrain at Fernie, but I've had such awful luck skiing there. I'll take less snowfall, longer season and great views!

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