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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
SKI just ranked Deer Valley #1 in the west. I hope that it is a very early April Fools. Simply asinine, to say that it is better then Vail or Whistler, or a whole host of others.
post #2 of 16
Um, where have you been? We've been discussing this here:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...t=ski+rankings

Maybe you can add your thoughts there and tell why it is so asinine.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
My bad, I almost never look in that forum.
post #4 of 16
The magazines themselves point out that the rankings are a popularity contest, based upon replies from their readers, most of whom are affluent, casual skiers.

Given that demographic, I'd be surprised if Deer Valley, Whistler or Vail wasn't #1. I've never been to DV, but Whistler and Vail are awesome mountains. Only, the Disneyland effect doesn't work for some of us.

I'm glad the masses converge upon those resorts. It means less crowds at Alta, Snowbird and Jackson Hole.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Only, the Disneyland effect doesn't work for some of us.
It usually works when it's free.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Sluff Vertigo
It usually works when it's free.
Do you know something I don't?
post #7 of 16
Well I can't wait to see how they rate Tremblant next year with the strike going to happen and one major portion of the available terrains lift is in a million pieces
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by TJBrk
Well I can't wait to see how they rate Tremblant next year with the strike going to happen and one major portion of the available terrains lift is in a million pieces
Hrm?

-Craig
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Do you know something I don't?
I might. Weren't we going to ski last year when you were in Tahoe?
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
I'm glad the masses converge upon those resorts.
The masses *don't* converge at Deer Valley. In fact, it never feels crowded except at lunchtime in the lodges. Ticket sales are limited to a dail maximum. Maybe *that* is why they won.
post #11 of 16
As previously stated, I've never skied in Deer Valley. I'll take your word for it.

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Originally Posted by Lodro
The masses *don't* converge at Deer Valley. In fact, it never feels crowded except at lunchtime in the lodges. Ticket sales are limited to a dail maximum. Maybe *that* is why they won.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Sluff Vertigo
I might. Weren't we going to ski last year when you were in Tahoe?
You're right! That's the week Tahoe received 11 feet of snow in 7 days. It was truly too much of a good thing.

At times, the fog was so thick I became nauseous and the wind was punishing - especially on Mt. Rose. I'm sure the locals learn to adjust.

On the flip side, it was the best chute skiing I've ever done. Some of those narrow, steep, deep lines tested my limits. Skiing blind is an acquired skill.

I have no excuses for missing the connection.

I was tending to my #1 dealer, and his family - intermediate skiers who were sorely tested by the conditions (I almost witnessed a divorce).

You have my apologies. Next time I go solo, or with people who acually ski.
post #13 of 16
Despite the Disneyland effect of Vail, it's a great mountain. Lacks some in the steeps and terrain department, but when it's not crowded it's a LOT of fun. Skiing it mid-January on a weekday is fantastic.

I love Whistler. The terrain on the back of Blackomb is probably the best terrain I've ever skied at a resort (note: never skied Jackson or Alta). Plus, the area is so outlandishly large that crowds aren't usually an issue (although, they were once or twice when I was there).
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Craig W
Hrm?

-Craig
The "La Soleil" chair and section of trails is shut down. They completely tore appart the chair base, and the first 5 towers. It's just laying around in a million pieces right now. If the La Soleil area opens at all this year I will be ammazed.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
You're right! That's the week Tahoe received 11 feet of snow in 7 days. It was truly too much of a good thing.

At times, the fog was so thick I became nauseous and the wind was punishing - especially on Mt. Rose. I'm sure the locals learn to adjust.

On the flip side, it was the best chute skiing I've ever done. Some of those narrow, steep, deep lines tested my limits. Skiing blind is an acquired skill.

I have no excuses for missing the connection.

I was tending to my #1 dealer, and his family - intermediate skiers who were sorely tested by the conditions (I almost witnessed a divorce).

You have my apologies. Next time I go solo, or with people who acually ski.
No apologies necessary, Strato. I took off to Utah that week expecting the storm to blow into there with 20 feet of 3%. Instead, I was forced to ski a 'manageable' 3 feet in nice weather. The storm blew north and never hit Utah.
post #16 of 16
Every year they seem to rate one of them as the best. They just cycle thru - Deer Valley, Alta/Bird, Vail and Whistler BC. I don't believe their readers are changing their views that much every year. for most readers on this forum - this is a non-issue. I don't believe any of us is making a decision based on what the SKI magazine has to say. They just have to keep their clients (the resorts) happy.
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