Originally Posted by Kevin M
Keep in mind, ski areas generally have to appeal to skiers of all abilities, after all it is a business and a mountain with only trecherous steeps would eventually go out of business.
What about Silverton? I don't think they will be going out of business any time soon.
I know, they are on a different business model, as is Mt. Bohemia...just playing with you a bit...
What you say is mostly true, but just because a destination resort "has" to have terrain for all abilities, it does not mean all terrain is created equal. Just because a mountain has labeled some of its terrain as "beginner" doesn't mean it's good beginner terrain, it just means it's the easiest on the mountain (take Big Emma at Snowbird as an example). Also, some resorts have MORE terrain for certain ability levels. If I'm an intermediate, I want to go to a resort with a lot of intermediate terrain so I have lots of choice and won't get bored. Also I want that terrain to be "true" intermediate terrain so I have the opportunity to ski/ride what makes me comfortable as well as perhaps find some high-end intermediate terrain to help me progress in skill.
I think it's easiest to comprehend this idea at the first-timer and beginner level. All resorts have terrain for those ability levels, but most people would rather learn at Alta, where there are only beginners on the beginner and first-timer terrain, than at Deer Valley, where you are a slalom gate for faster skiers headed through that terrain to get to lifts.
As much as resorts like to say they have something for everyone, it doesn't mean everyone will be happy at every resort. When people spend hard-earned money on a ski vacation, they'd like to think they've chosen a resort that best suits their needs.