|Originally posted by Mr. Vertical:
One other thing the Bee Hive Gang forgot to mention was all of the lift service above 11,000! NONE! Last count we have 54 peaks over 14,000 Yea! Utah rocks!
Ya know, of all the arguments about one area vs. another, this one absolutely takes the cake. Either this idiot is quoting directly from the State's marketing brochure (as he tries to comfort himself with his poor choice of location), or he is trolling me into a response (I hope for his sake, it the former).
Lets see...lift service over 11,000 feet. How is that relevant, given that the latitude of Utah resorts are at least 5 deg further North? The snow & tree lines are lower here, so the RELATIVE snow/tree lines are actually lower for the Utah resorts (see below):
CO Snow Line(average storm) 5000-6000'
UT Snow Line(average storm) 3000-4000'
CO Tree Line 12,000'
UT Tree Line 10,000'
Now, given that CO's highest lift serviced terrain tops out at 12,500', that’s only 500 vert of above treeline skiing. Ut's highest is 11,000', which gives 1000 vert of above treeline. Same for argument for snow (I’ll spare you the details). This is why Tahoe resorts, which actually have a lower latitude than UT, AND lower base elevations can be so warm and slushy.
If you really want to make an argument about relative height of lift service, talk to the Big Sky folks. Their lifts top out at 11,150', but is much further north than UT or CO (talk about cold).
The 14,000' statement, I just don't get. What relevance does that have (since NO lift service goes that high) to his argument. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced this guy is a total idiot. He has yet to even debate/refute/argue my earlier responses to his first post (which were also completely off base).
Mr. Vertical: looking forward to a LOGICAL response. I'll even give you a little something to work with: try discussions on the night life.