Originally Posted by southbound123
Our family skied Steamboat (CO) and Park City (UT) the last two years. Friends want us to join them this year at Big Mountain (MT).
Our two teenagers are snowboarders and we are skiers - all solid intermediates.
How does Big Mountain stack up against the bigger, more famous resorts?
Is there enough terrain for a week?
Anyone know how the snowboarding school is at the mountain?
Thanks in advance.
- Southbound -
I don't like to talk too much about the pluses of my home mountain on a board where thousands of people are reading what I say.
First, I don't think we really WANT to stack up against "bigger, more famous resorts". We've been falling steadily down the rankings lately and although it's not clear to me WHY, it's just fine with me. I'm a neo-local and naturally, I want the gate to lock behind me.
What we do have is a relaxed atmosphere and a mostly locals crowd. We had our highest attendance ever last year and, guess what, most of the visits were passholders. We're short on glitz. That may change this year with the addition of a brand new base lodge and some new lifts, but I sure hope not.
There's 3,000 acres of terrain, and I'd say the vast majority of those acres are ungroomed. We have some nice groomed cruisers, lots of treed areas, a few, very few, bump areas (not enough skiers to generate them), a new superpipe and terrain area, some wide bowl skiing, some lazy beginners trails, etc. As "intermediates" (that covers a lot of territory), you'll find plenty to keep you busy. If you were "advanced", I'd say even more so.
I don't know a thing about the snowboading school.
There is a good chance of fog depending on when you come. Last December we had about three weeks of inversion days, which would convince you that this was the place to be, but then we had a lot of fog to the point even I was going a little nuts. For the foggy days ("low flying clouds") you have to stay on trails where you can keep close to a line of trees just to avoid vertigo.
Whitefish is a nice little town, with a small shopping section and lots of really great restaurants. It's also a party town as demonstrated by the number of incidents at the bars which end up in the Police Blotter section of the paper.
For lots of pictures, I currently have three "slide show" links:http://www.siberianrescue.com/other/Jan25-2006http://www.siberianrescue.com/other/Feb2006http://www.siberianrescue.com/other/March2006