I did a search (good ski mountains) and I did not see any results on previous threads. I decided to post the question here. (If it belongs elsewhere or if there is a previous thread apologies in advance.)
What makes a mountain a "good" ski (snowboard) mountain?
Somethings that a good mountain should have:
- Good snow conditions – if the place does not have good snow most of the rest does not matter.
- Decent lifts – I would prefer spending my time skiing instead of riding the lift. A lift ride – that takes 10 minutes (without stops) for a run that takes me 5 minutes – is too slow of a lift for me. If the same 10 minute lift ride takes me to a run that is ≥ 10 minutes then that is more reasonable.
- Related to decent lifts are decent lift lines – Ideally lift lines should be less than 5 minutes for non-holiday, non-weekend periods. Even during peak times ideally lift lines should be under 15-20 minutes
- Decent amount of vertical – Although I have skied on smaller hills and had fun, it would be nice to have at minimum 1000 feet of vertical. I think that 2000 - 3000 (or more) feet of vertical would be cool depending on terrain and conditions.
- Variety of terrain – Although one will go to place with trails suited to their ability, it is nice if the place you go for skiing has trails available for people of different abilities. Segregating novices from more advanced skiers, while not required, could be good depending on how this is done
- Available long trails – It would be nice to have trails longer than 2 miles. Ideally it would not involve crossing through too many other trails. It also should not involve any traverses more than a few feet.
- Good value for cost – The cost should be worth what is being offered. Good value will depend on the individual.
- Although not directly related to the mountain: Reasonable lodging, Things to do in area around mountain besides skiing/snowboarding, ease of getting to/from mountain.
I personally am only familiar with the Mid-Atlantic so my exposure to different ski areas is limited to this area.
Montage's lifts hurt it as a ski mountain since they are very slow. Otherwise the mountain is good.
Shawnee has a shorter vertical than some places at ~600-700 feet and I do not care much for its green trails – they get funneled to one side of the mountain.
I look forward to reading other peoples thoughts on what constitutes a good mountain.