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Best Ski Area Websites?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
We are the web-browsing Bears, dreaming and planning ski trips. We need good info, images, maps and webcams. Which ski area or resort has the best website? Does the quality of a website have much influence on your decision about where to go for a trip?

My current favorite is the www.vail.com because of all the Flash technology. Some of the big European resorts have fantastic sites too.
post #2 of 21
Actually, when I see a really fancy bells and whistles web site I think of all of the extra money I'll have to pay to stay at a place like this. I also immediately think of long lines and lots of people, two turn-offs for me. So graphics filled web sites make me less likely to visit a place.

Even though I have a high speed connection I like to go to a site that has information that is quick and easy to find and access. The Vail site gave me a bad feeling about the place, though I've never been there.
post #3 of 21
This is my favorite:

http://www.pomerelle-mtn.com/

I love small mom & pop areas and their down to earth websites.

Powdr
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks Powdr, I'll bet there are some fantastic powder days there with limited competition for tracks.
post #5 of 21
I will tell the ones I don't like - snowbird and Brighton. Snowbird - is always selling everything other skiing - hotel, spa, summer etc. it takes me a while to get any mountain information - like a trailmap. Brighton is worse - i was looking last week to see what runs/lifts are open. I could never find it.
i am not saying - this information does not exist on their website. but - dammit - if you are a ski resort - the primary information i want on your website is - trailmap, snowreport, lift report, link to weather reports. I should be able to get this information in 2 clicks at the most. everything else is secondary.
post #6 of 21
Too much Flash like Vail uses on their site is just irritating, especially the intro. It hampers the user experience. There are a bunch of other reasons not to over do the Flash as well, but I won't get into that (would probably bore everyone here). A site that uses Flash more sparingly is much nicer, like Crested Butte's site http://www.skicb.com

And this is coming from a Web Designer!
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Powdr
This is my favorite:

http://www.pomerelle-mtn.com/

I love small mom & pop areas and their down to earth websites.

Powdr
Yes! These are the sites that give me what I want with no BS. I wish they were all like that.
post #8 of 21
I tend to like Flash oriented sites but I agree, Vail has a few problems. For me, I'm not crazy about the navigation.

I like http://www.stowe.com/ and Brighton's site could be nice if only they updated it since 2003!
post #9 of 21
Loveland-- nice and simple. http://skiloveland.com/
You can find the snow report easily. Best of all when you look up the open
trails you can click the lift number and see a little map for that area. Helpful if you're new in town like me.
post #10 of 21
I think Whistler-Blackcomb's website is the worst. So commercial. I think based on their website alone, that no one should ski there.
post #11 of 21
Toadman - what is it specifically about WB website that you don't like it. In fact - i quite like it. everything a skier could possibily want is no more than 1-2 clicks away - trailmap, snow report, weather forecast, lift ticket prices, webcams.
post #12 of 21
I like the Whistler website too. The live temps are nice, and the links to the Environment Canada websites are good. You get the valley and alpine forecasts, straight from the gov't, and not some sugar coated report from the website. Lots of webcams, and backcountry avalanche reports.

The website actually makes me want to ski there.
post #13 of 21
I thought the movies Copper threw on their site this year were pretty cool. http://www.coppercolorado.com (Disclaimer: I work there, but I still think they're cool.)
post #14 of 21
I used to think Alpine had a good site - nothing fancy but the key was it had a great forum where a bunch of ppl would post about the mountain, conditions, etc etc.Of course when they were bought by POWDR that forum...went away...Damn big corporations...
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post #16 of 21
When I'm away from any snow, I like the sites with interactive cams, where you can actually point the cams where you want and zoom and stuff. Great for snow-starved people.

The ones here: http://www.parkcitymountain.com/winter/index.html
got quite a workout during long days in the office, as there's four of them there. Give them a go during the day.
post #17 of 21
My 2 favorites have already been taken.

So, like Marty, I will post my least favorite site: http://www.otisridge.com/index.html

It is a small, nice down to earth, family run place. Problem is they don't have a trail map on the web site.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Marty
- if you are a ski resort - the primary information i want on your website is - trailmap, snowreport, lift report, link to weather reports. I should be able to get this information in 2 clicks at the most. everything else is secondary.
This is what I'm looking for too, also like easy access to lift ticket pricing and webcams. My favorite feature is well developed trail maps, including expandable views and interactive features, esp for real large ski areas.
post #19 of 21
I can't imagine why, but I think my favorite area's website is the best:

www.madriverglen.com

"the most honest snow reports in the business", conditions forum, etc.
post #20 of 21
As long as I'm in the wish list mode, I'd like to see the length and vertical rise of each lift at a ski area in the trail map or mtn stats section of their websites.
post #21 of 21
Personally I think Vail's new website is horrible. You can't find anything on there, and the flash "technology" doesn't work worth a damn. I think the easiest one to navigate is Loveland's. Wolf Creek's website is also very simple and down to earth.
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