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post #121 of 127
I'll say that here, if it's a clear day without temperature issues (clear being three chairs or better), you'll have the whole county here. If it's foggy, there might be short lines. But, I live for the days when the winds are howling, and the temps are around zero F. Can be dazzlingly clear and no one is here! Of course, then you have to analyze the wind to avoid windpack and just get the instant refill slope.

Christmas week last season. 12/29. They should all be here. This is the main busy slope (the one you see from the side, not the one I'm on. Called the Anthill for a reason).

But... It's brutally COLD (according to my notes).
Edited by sibhusky - 11/4/15 at 12:49pm
post #122 of 127
Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

I got that :). And while we're at it, any place worth skiing powder will have bad lines on a powder day. 


... No.

post #123 of 127
Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

I got that :). And while we're at it, any place worth skiing powder will have bad lines on a powder day. (Exception--on a big storm day the lines are often considerably shorter or even nonexistent in the afternoon. A lot of people come out early to get freshies and leave once things get tracked out. Between wind and new snow things get filled in and the skiing in the PM is great.)



Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post


That's an old urban legend perpetuated by folks that ski at worthy resorts that don't have bad lines on a powder day and want to keep it that way ;)


Just about every place becomes worthy on a powder day with or without lift lineups.

post #124 of 127

I've skied about 75% of the major north America resorts over the last 46 years.  Here's my top 10:


#1. Telluride:  Steep groomers!  Who doesn't love steep groomers!  Probably the best views and town too.

#2. Jackson Hole:  Just thinking of this place gives me chicken skin.  Snow, steeps, vert, great town, and great ski culture.

#3. Snowbird: Steep groomers and lots of snow + easy access

#4. Copper: It would be hard to design a perfect mid-sized ski resort better than Copper.  Fantastic terrain.

#5. Big Sky: Huge with great views and fairly uncrowded

#6: Kirkwood: This is one of my home mountains with tons of snow (usually), steeps, and sidecountry powder

#7: Snowmass: Sprawling mega-groomers, steeps, bowls, trees, and has it all

#8: Canyons/Park City: We can call this one huge resort now so the variety can't be beat.  The Canyons side is my favorite with better steep groomers and steeps.

#9: Heavenly:  OK, so I'm the Ambassador for Heavenly and it should be at the top of my list but I'm being honest here.  Tree skiing, views, nice vibe, and 10-minutes from my house.

#10: Taos: Chicken skin again.  Love that place.  Steeps, views, and authentic New Mexico culture.  Oh, and I grew up in NM so it feels like home.

post #125 of 127

1. Alta - First place I experienced skiing in powder.  The mountain is just a beautiful open playground.

2. Smugglers Notch - Excellent Eastern skiing with an old time vibe.  Really like the feel of the place.

3. Steamboat -  Trees, trees, trees.  

4. Whiteface - Olympic skiing history.  Great vertical and good skiing.  Lake Placid is basically an 80's Olympic museum. 

5. Blue Knob - Best terrain in the Mid Atlantic.  I can spend a day doing laps on Stemboggan

6. Brighton - Only spent a day there, but it was a great day with few skiers around.  Worth a day trip if you are based in Salt Lake City.

7. Liberty - My local hill.  Small area with good variety and a great ski school.

8. Snowbasin - Another place I've only been one day, but it left an impression.  Good terrain and gotta love the bathrooms.

9. Mt. Rose - Underrated  mountain in Tahoe.  Great, cheap, skiing.

10. Roundtop - Another small hill, but the place I first got to go skiing when I was a teenager.  It doesn't have an arcade in the lodge anymore, but it still feels and looks a lot like it did when I was a teenager in the 80s.


This list will likely change with the more trips I take out West.  I have a tripped planned to Park City this winter, so we will see if it makes the list after the season.

post #126 of 127

1. Mary Jane in the late 1970s. 40 degrees and sunny in late March. Parking 40 feet from the lift. Skiing Outhouse on my 190 cm Rossignol Smash. Almost heaven.

2. Porcupine Mountain. Views of Lake Superior. An obscure, unique ski hill.

3. Timberline. Wide turns at high speeds on Palmer glacier in May is what Timberline is about.

4. Snowbird. Good lines, good snow, challenging runs. 

5. A-Basin. Steep terrain and good late-season skiing.


post #127 of 127

To put my list in perspective, I'm a 'decent' skier from North Carolina.  Here's how I'd rank the places I've been: 


1. Telluride - awesome combo of high alpine, very scenic ski mtn with walkable town that is just the right size.  Although acreage is not huge compared to some others, the mtn kept my interest with varied terrain.  Stopping into Gorrono Ranch at the end of the day for a smoked steak sandwich, beer, live music, with Mt. Wilson in the background...that's special right there.  Telluride is the kind of place the leaves an impression.


2. Snowbasin - well balanced mtn with wide open bowls to tree lined skiing, with long vertical from top to bottom.  Awesome lift system, awesome on mtn lodges.  Hard for me to say anything bad about Snowbasin other than it doesn't give you the ski mtn / ski town experience.


3. Alta - a very scenic place (which is big to me).  Obviously, it has snow in high quantity and quality.  Hearing avalanche control explosives go off as you get out of your car in the morning is a neat experience.  It has plenty of terrain for all skill levels, although IMO the best terrain awaits experts and beginners (on opposite ends of the spectrum).


4. Vail - huge, so much ski terrain.  You can get away from it all back in the Blue Sky Basin area.  Born Free run on the front side is one of the best runs I've ever been on - go as fast as you want on that one.


5. Steamboat - we caught a 12-20 inch snow there one day where the snow was extremely light and fluffy.  I didn't realize it at the time, but it's probably the best ski day I'll ever experience in my lifetime.  I liked the Boat, but the mtn itself is not as interesting or as scenic as other places I've been. 


6. Powder Mtn - old school feel with older lift system.  Has some nice hike to areas that are quiet and have lingering powder.


7. Solitude - Honeycomb Canyon is a neat experience with a backcountry feel.  Overall, I thought the front side of Solitude was a challenging mtn to ski.


Others: Brighton, Beaver Creek - liked them both, but not as impressionable as the others.

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