Originally Posted by sjjohnston
The original post -- and the "what's the most remote" hijack -- both beg the question, "What's a big city?" Apparently, it should be defined to include Salt Lake City. That's a little bit of stretch. If one uses the population of just the city itself, SLC is tiny: just over 181,000. Even using the metropolitan area (just over a million), it's only the 50th-largest metro in the US.
If you put the "big city" divide there (top 50 metro / coincidentally, also over a million), the most remote ski areas in the US are, I think, going to be the ones near Anchorage. After that, it's probably in Montana or Wyoming somewhere approximately equidistant from Seattle or Portland, Salt Lake City and Calgary (just over a million in its metropolitan area).
Using that criteria for "remote", while discounting anything in Alaska, Shames Mountain
in Northwestern BC between the towns of Prince Rupert and Terrace may be the most remote destination mountain in North America, seeing as it is over 800 miles from the two nearest major cities, Vancouver and Edmonton. Even if any smaller cities are considered, Kamloops (pop 68,000) is around 700 miles away, and Prince George (pop 77,000) is around 400 miles away. Neither of those two cities is in Canada's top 50 for population size.
And yet, that doesn't stop people from travelling from all over to ski Shames, as they have an awesome season snowfall average of 50 feet. Lift serviced heli-skiing, anyone?
I plan to one day make a trip to Shames, perhaps driving to Vancouver, taking a ferry from Vancouver over to the island, driving up the coast of Vancouver Island then taking a ferry from Port Moody to Prince Rupert on the "Inside Passage" route up the coast of BC, which is supposedly incredibly beautiful (same route taken by Alaskan cruise ships): http://www.britishcolumbia.com/trans...tails.asp?id=8
(Yes, the same boat that sank a couple weeks ago...)
It's an ambitious bit of travelling, even for someone from Alberta, but I'm willing to bet the driving time and costs would be far outweighed by the rewards of excellent skiing and incredible scenery.