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post #1 of 63
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I would like to take a vacation where the hills are small. I like powder skiing but I get tired quickly. I figure smaller hills might not get tracked out as fast as the big ones and I could catch my breath while going back uphill on a short fixed-grip or T-bar.

Where can I find deep snow and interesting terrain served by slow, short lifts? I want to hear about ski areas (not necessarily resorts) that have the goods without the vert. Any info sent in PM will remain confidential, no TR, no mention online ever.
post #2 of 63
A few years back I rode up the lift with a women from Maryland. She said she thought Belleayre Mountain was the best kept secret in the Northeast. Go figure. True story
post #3 of 63
Mt. Baker would fit that description...although I'm not sure why you need short lifts, when you can just take a break partway down?

For even slower lifts and more out of the way, try Manning Park.

And finally, if you're really serious about wanting short, slow, deep and uncrowded - Hurricane Ridge. One Poma and a rope tow, 400' vertical in the Olympic mountains.
post #4 of 63
Powder Mt. Utah and Monarch Colorado have mostly old chairs and good powder. Also, Solitude Utah.
post #5 of 63
Homewood.
Call and I'll meet you there.
post #6 of 63
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
Mt. Baker would fit that description...although I'm not sure why you need short lifts, when you can just take a break partway down?
My idea is to take fewer breaks on the way down, and combine uphill transport with resting. I can't ski the local hills (500- 1000 vert) non-stop and enjoy the frequency of lift rides which most find annoying. If an area with good snow and annoyingly short runs exists, it might be just right for me. Hurricane Ridge sounds sweet. Is it open seven days a week?
post #7 of 63
Ummm...Whitecap? Snow King? Bridger Bowl? The affore-mentioned Powder Mt.? Lap the Supreme lift at Alta?

You should try turning less. Squiggely little turns wear you out fast.
post #8 of 63
Thread Starter 
Powder, Monarch, and Homewood are definitely places I want to ski, but kind of bigger than I really need.

I haven't skied at Bellayre since 1964. That was the first place I rode a chairlift. I would love to return to Bellayre. Because I can drive there, it would be easier to coordinate my arrival with the arrival of a storm. Flying west is always a gamble, although I've had pretty good luck.
post #9 of 63
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Ummm...Whitecap? Snow King? Bridger Bowl? The affore-mentioned Powder Mt.? Lap the Supreme lift at Alta?

You should try turning less. Squiggely little turns wear you out fast.
I like to turn and am looking for a place that does not attract people like you. Nothing against Jer personally, but a mountain full of Jers is less than desirable for me.
post #10 of 63
Snow Ridge in Turin, NY. It's in the Tug Hill Plateau snow belt. Over 200 inches of snow, 500 feet of vertical. Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY is in another snow belt. It has a pretty cool town as well.

BK
post #11 of 63
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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post
Snow Ridge in Turin, NY. It's in the Tug Hill Plateau snow belt. Over 200 inches of snow, 500 feet of vertical. Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY is in another snow belt. It has a pretty cool town as well.

BK
Nice, another place I can drive to when it's good, instead of booking a flight months in advance.
post #12 of 63
You could always get with a personal trainer and start working out.
You've got about 4-5 months before the season starts...

You could always come out this way and hit SkiBowl and Timberline w/me.
post #13 of 63
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Homewood.
Call and I'll meet you there.
Seconded. One of my buddies swears that his best power day ever was at Homewood, and I've had a few pretty good days with him at Kirkwood, so I believe it.

-Adam
post #14 of 63
Well they did put a resort on it back in '79, but it wasn't too crowded in the Early 80s. Not much vertical to attract a lot of people, but the terrain is good and in a good year they have lots of snow. http://www.mountwashington.ca/winter...alpine_terrain
post #15 of 63
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
My idea is to take fewer breaks on the way down, and combine uphill transport with resting. I can't ski the local hills (500- 1000 vert) non-stop and enjoy the frequency of lift rides which most find annoying. If an area with good snow and annoyingly short runs exists, it might be just right for me. Hurricane Ridge sounds sweet. Is it open seven days a week?
You can or can't ski 500-1,000 non-stop? Are you looking for less than 500?
post #16 of 63
Tiny ski area here in NY probably too far to be worth your while but if you are ever in NYC area around the winter check it out. Used to be called Tuxedo Park now its called http://www.skituxedoridge.com/ $175 for a season pass! Its where I first learned to ski, nice little place.
post #17 of 63
Not even looking at other posts, Okemo, hands down. Flattest mountain I have ever skiied on.
post #18 of 63
Boyne Mt, 400 ft ish of vert. Is that vert challenged enough for you?
Ski, tailgate, ski, tailgate......you get the idea
post #19 of 63
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
My idea is to take fewer breaks on the way down, and combine uphill transport with resting. I can't ski the local hills (500- 1000 vert) non-stop and enjoy the frequency of lift rides which most find annoying. If an area with good snow and annoyingly short runs exists, it might be just right for me. Hurricane Ridge sounds sweet. Is it open seven days a week?
I've always wanted to ski there, but I've only been in the summer.

It actually sounds perfect for what you've requested. And it is shockingly beautiful on a clear day (views across the Straight of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island). Careful though, storms close in VERY fast.

Kind of a long way to come for a day's skiing, but it's an amazing region. I do believe they are only open on weekends, though.
post #20 of 63
Thread Starter 
When I mentioned powder skiing, the goods, interesting terrain, I meant steep. My skis are sort of narrow, so I need some grade.

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Originally Posted by medmarkco View Post
You can or can't ski 500-1,000 non-stop? Are you looking for less than 500?
Not necessarily, but 400 is nice, I like the front side of Seven Springs, PA. They have some fun trees, good average grade with some steeper pitches, even a cornice of sorts.

From Hurricane Ridge website; The Ridge boasts some groomed areas, but for the accomplished skier or snowboarder the steeps, bowls and glades are well worth the effort it takes to get there.
post #21 of 63
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

400 is nice, I like the front side of Seven Springs, PA. They have some fun trees, good average grade with some steeper pitches, even a cornice of sorts.

Then come up to Michigan!
We have lots of 400!
I'll rent some tele gear and you can teach me something else that I can be mediocre at doing!
post #22 of 63
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
Then come up to Michigan!
We have lots of 400!
Ah, but any hidden pow gems that beat out Mt. Boh?
post #23 of 63
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Ah, but any hidden pow gems that beat out Mt. Boh?
Got me there.
Although, I do know where the powder stays, but it never stays for long.
post #24 of 63
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Then come up to Michigan!
We have lots of 400!
I'll rent some tele gear and you can teach me something else that I can be mediocre at doing!
I would enjoy that, but I don't think Boyne is the "short but sweet powder skier's paradise" that I'm seeking. Does Mt. Bohemia get a lot of snow?
post #25 of 63
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
I would enjoy that, but I don't think Boyne is the "short but sweet powder skier's paradise" that I'm seeking. Does Mt. Bohemia get a lot of snow?
Oh yea! Its in Da UP, Eh!

Here's a humour video from there
http://www.mtbohemia.com/videos.html
post #26 of 63
Thread Starter 
Nice video! 270", not bad!
post #27 of 63
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Nice video! 270", not bad!
Yea, but did you mapquest it?

[old farmer voice]I'm not sure ya ken git thar from heya[old farmer voice]
post #28 of 63
tr15, we can make it to Jay in 12 hours, Mt. Boh takes 24.
post #29 of 63
Ooof, this is going to sound awful, but I'd rather catch a flight to Vermont or Colorado, than drive to Mt Bohemia.
Mt Bohemia is on my "to do" list. Now, I just need to convince my husband its worth the drive.
post #30 of 63
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
I would enjoy that, but I don't think Boyne is the "short but sweet powder skier's paradise" that I'm seeking. Does Mt. Bohemia get a lot of snow?
Varies from year to year. Last year..... not:
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