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Your Fav Hill, 500' Vert or Less

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What's your favorite little ski area, 500' vertical or less?

Mine's Bryce Resort, Virginia and here are some reasons why: http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_a...mode=headlines
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Bryce rocks! They are the only place in the USA that offers grass skiing. Thanks Lochers for keeping that sport alive.
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Well 500ft vert or less thats everything around here.

My favorite would have to be Searchmont Canada.

some really great runs and very friendly people eh!
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SNOW RIDGE all 500 vert are "in your face" -- no tabling down the hill
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I'll have to say my home hill, Perfect North has pleasantly surprised me with its 400' vert. Located in SE Indiana near the Cincinnati tri state area, they have some pretty nifty terrain, including ungroomed "natural" bumps and even some tree runs (although the trees are very widely spaced).

Due to great snowmaking, they managed to stay continuously open from early Dec, even when some more "northernly" hills had to close (or never open). This is my first year skiing there, and I've been very pleased. PN compares very favorably to the other sub 500' hills I grew up skiing: Boston Mills & Brandywine in NE OH... which only have 240' vert!

P.S. I'd be willing to be that PN is also one of the only sub 500' hills that has had an avalanche. The trail that had the slide is still extremely chunky on one side, almost glacial looking... crazy.
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Favorite: Nubs Nob
Most skied due to great season pass rates: Crystal Mountain, Michigan
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Caberfae, MI

For dollars spent I would have to say Caberfae MI. I got a seasons pass, no restrictions, for 99 bucks.
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Nubs nob or Boyne mountain. The mountain is about 40 minutes closer so.....
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I'll go with Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin. I love the variety of terrain on that little hill, and there's quite a bit of acreage. Good ambiance too, with a wine hut and sort of European feel to the place.

Nub's Nob would be second for me. Another great little mountain.

Both of those hills get great snow.
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No shortage of mountains around 500 feet in the Laurentiens my favorite by far is mont alta. it's 500 feet of ungroomed ski anywhere steeps with all natural snow. it is like a mini MRG. Check it out http://mont-alta.com
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I'll second Whitecap. Quite a bit of acreage = 500 ACRES, middle of nowhere = no lift lines. Lots of lake effect snow from south shore Lake Superior. Untracked pow at 4:00 p.m.
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I vote....

King Pine, NH 350 vert

esp if Pitch Pine is open.....steep:

(course I got little 240 vert Yawgoo Valley 1 mi away, which is good)
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Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
I'll go with Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin. I love the variety of terrain on that little hill, and there's quite a bit of acreage. Good ambiance too, with a wine hut and sort of European feel to the place.

Haven't been there. I have a voucher for a free lift ticket there from a discount booklet with tickets to a few hills I go to, but I didn't really plan on hitting Whitecap. Think it's worth a 7 hour drive?
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My favorite would have to be Searchmont Canada.
Pretty sure Searchmont is well over 500 ft.

I second Whitecap Mts. That's where I learned to really ski. How's the place doing now? Last time I was there (mid 90's) the old man was going nuts with the chainsaw - something about a golf course?
post #15 of 16

Cockaigne

I vote Cockaigne.

http://www.cockaigne.com/

350' vertical, 275" of snow a year. Its a fun little place.
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I don't think you can beat the scenery of this little ski area in the Selkirks/Kootenays of BC. Summit Lake has got to be one of the coolest little areas I've ever been to. There are a couple of good pics showing the surrounding mountains on this page....
http://www.skisummitlake.com/rates.html
And you've gotta love the night skiing rates!!
One of my best skiing memories was when I was going to College in Nelson back in '92, and driving to Revelstoke to check on my house up there. I was passing by this hill on the side of the highway, and as luck would have it, I had my ski gear with me. The lights were on, and I was welcomed with open arms by the ticket lady who told me "It's our first evening with night skiing, that'll be $5, please!". With the couple of dozen or so skiers there that night, the power bill was surely going to put them out of business, but apparently they're still running this year.
And yes, it's only 500' vertical, but their snowfall statistics are way out of whack - they get at least quadruple what's shown.
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