This topic is really cool and I have given it a couple of days thought before I decided to reply. I have been skiing for thirty years now and have had the priviledge of skiing more than my share of areas in the West and in Europe and I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed. Skiing is what it is and I have never been let down by that magical feeling of combining gravity and snow. That said, I don't think I have ever had "surprising" experience at a particular ski resort, but I would like to share my favorite experience at a resort. Back in the late 80's I had the opportunity to ski in the Folgaria region of Italy and it was totally different than any ski experience I ever had in podunk Idaho. The concept of ski circus' was unheard to me and I was fascinated by concept Mom and Pop's little T-bar up a small drainage and the vast number of choices one had once reaching the top. Ski along this ridge to this chute and then ski down to this Mom and Pop lift to access this bowl. The freedom was awesome!!! The sheer number of choices combined with the quaintness (basket lifts that one had to take off ones skis and chase and climb into after the basket came around the bullwheel, T-bars, these were all strange things to the Idaho hick) I remember fondly to this day! Sunshine and friendly attractive people are instant recollections of Fondo Grande and Fondo Picolo, as well speaking to locals more fluent in German than I was. I always found this ironic considering this was Italy, but considering this once part of Austria I guess it is not that significant. Now that my son is becoming a proficient skier I hope to someday share this special area with him, I just hope that world circumstances will allow us to do so safely without fear of harm just because one is from a particular country.
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7/17/05 at 9:36pm