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Surprised:

 

I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by Stratton.  Based on the comments here by some of the hardcore people, I wasn't expecting much.  HOWEVER, we went in the context of a family trip with a couple snowboarders and skiers of varying ability levels.  Stratton has something to suit most needs, friendly, everything was close and accessible, empty during midweek, and very pleasant and relaxing. It doesn't have the hardcore terrain but we found it excellent for kids and beginner/intermediates who wanted to enjoy other things on the trip too.

 

Disappointed:

 

Tremblant.  I had high hopes and boy were they crushed. Brutal hill layout creating a funnel effect down to the base, so it ends up crazy busy and icy.  No lodge at the bottom of the runs, it's another lift down through the village to a day lodge.  Considering the supposed glitz and atmosphere, the day lodge sucked.  Food was decent though. Very few English signs, little help from staff, uninspired and confusing layout despite the village design.  And holy crap was it COLD.  It was so cold my eyes were freezing shut to my eyelashes behind my goggles.  Not Tremblant's fault, but a sign that it is very cold up there (and I'm a Canuck!).

 

We'll be sticking to a yearly trip to Vermont from now on.  We love it in Vermont, so much better......snow, layout, resorts, variety, atmosphere, etc.

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Pleasant Surprises:

1) Aspen Highlands - was not expecting much, but really enjoyed this area...felt like I had the whole place to myself

2) Snowmass - huge area, every type of terrain you could want with great lifts and no lift lines

 

Downers:

1) Vail - way too crowded with ho-hum terrain

2) Breckenridge - see Vail

 

Middle-of-the-road:

1) Winter Park - decent terrain but can get crowded and there is a learning curve to how to get around the mountain

2) Aspen Mountain (Ajax) - love the terrain, but it's pretty small and the views skiing down into town aren't nearly as cool as those at Telluride

3) Steamboat - has some charm and uniqueness and the new terrain on Pony Express is decent, but can get surprisingly crowded for being so far off the I-70 corridor

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