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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I have always wondered what makes a person’s favorite ski area their favorite ski area. So, what is your favorite ski area/resort, and why?

Mine, without a doubt would be Alta, Utah (I moved here from Michigan)!

Reasons:

1. Can’t beat the snow!
2. Doesn’t feel like a resort, it’s more like skiing in my backyard with a bunch of good friends.
3. The staff loves skiing, the are not just there to make money.
4. The terrain is unbeatable!
5. Alta is what skiing should be.
6. Did I mention the snow?
post #2 of 29
I guess Sundance,OOOOtha. A creek with cabins around it and a bridge to cross to the resort. Beautiful view and a limited number of lift tickets sold,so no over crowding. Thanks Robert Redford.
post #3 of 29
my favorite is wildcat, NH
runner up is Cannon, NH

my reasons are similar:

1. great and challenging terrain including a fair amount of non-groomed/natural snow trails.
2. no big resort feel. in a matter of fact, no condos, hotels, restaurants are in sight from either summit, since they are on national forest land.
3. no crowds
4. cheaper than average tickets at a better value
5. the views from the top
6. they are older mountains with 'character'
7. close to home!
post #4 of 29
It's a tie!

Whistler, 'cause it's close, and it has it all. Know where and when to go, and there's never a lift line, and it gets twice the snow of inland hills.

Mt. Baker, 'cause it's half the distance than Whistler, half the price, and twice the snow.
post #5 of 29
Wachusett... nothing beats starter jackets, rear entry boots, smoking in the lift line, and some dude yelling "nice wicked bad fall" whenever anyone yard sales under the lift.
post #6 of 29
Wolf Creek, CO -

Pro's: Snow like that in Little Cottonwood Canyon but endless fresh tracks because it is also one of the least crowded areas in North America.

Con's: Great place to ski, terrible place to *work* at!
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Jay Peak, VT:

Pro's: Best snow on the East Coast, often rivals that of many western resorts.

Con's: Not real steep, Lots of Quebec Qua's
post #7 of 29
Mammoth all the way. Today was one of five truely epic days we have had since opening on Nov 8th. Amazingly smooth windbuff, all over the hill. Firm wind packed powder that you can do whatever you want on, that has no speed limit. And it just got better as it got cut up. This was just after the Mon/Tues deep powder days. Insane. Of course the Main pipe opened today, and the Superpipe opens tomorrow, and the Main Park is filled with hits from small to huge, all perfect. The only thing we don't have much of now is bumps, but that should change soon, with the weekend coming.

Mammoth has it all snow, terrain, super long season (Nov-July usually), insane backcountry (with some of the safer snowpack), and very few weekday visitors. The downsides to Mammoth would be frequently overzealous grooming, and too many fast lifts, so people track out the pow pretty quick.
I have been to some great areas, Alta, W/B, Val D'Isere, Etc, but the best skiing always seems to be at home. I also noticed that Mammoth gets much more attention in "core" mags like Powder and Freeze than it does in Ski or Skiing. This says something, and it's good.
post #8 of 29
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by AltaSkier:

Mine, without a doubt would be Alta, Utah (I moved here from Michigan)!

Reasons:

1. Can’t beat the snow!
2. Doesn’t feel like a resort, it’s more like skiing in my backyard with a bunch of good friends.
3. The staff loves skiing, the are not just there to make money.
4. The terrain is unbeatable!
5. Alta is what skiing should be.
6. Did I mention the snow?
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Mine also would be ALTA, for the same reasons, except I didn't move here from Michigan. I moved here from California. Also I ski ALTA because "It is good for my Soul" I'm at peace there. And ALTA is Steep, Deep, & Cheap. [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img]

But, ALTASkier you forgot the most important reason for skiing ALTA. That is because ALTA is where GOD skies. For that reason, ALTA is always capitalized.
post #9 of 29
Todd:

I think that now is the time for you to tell us how you got banished from Wolf Creek.

post #10 of 29
Winter Park/Mary Jane

1. I know the area from skiing there for so long...spending summers and winters playing there has made it my home away from home.
2. big
3. terrain variety: steep bumps to open bowls to trees to easy laid back cruising.
4. snow...the past few years the conditions have been great.
5. laid back unresort-like feel to the area as well as the town.

cons: crowds on weekends...denver's playground (supposedly) and seemingly a destination resort for much of Kansas and other states.
post #11 of 29
Todd, I LIKE the Quebecois - turns out some are relatives! Alot of areas have their special something to offer - in Vermont near me, Bolton Valley is close, uncrowded, has some interesting places for average skiers - and a few for much better than average. Jay because it costs less for Vermonters with drivers ID and Quebecois using Canadian $$, the snow is - well, it IS! and it's not crowded, and has interesting terrain [jeez, how steep do you WANT it?!] fr a variety of abilities. Smugglers Notch beacuse it's close, has some very interesting trails, and is fun when the snow is good - not so hot when it's the Ice Palace. Obviously, Sugarbush and Stowe, but Stowe has become ridiculously expensive. Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood, Deer valley - BUT, IF I had to choose just one area to ski for the remainder of my skiing life, it woould be STEAMBOAT! Why? SNOW amount and quality; LIFT SERVICE; TERRAIN variety; a DESTINATION resort with few day skiers during the week so you can take your skis off and leave them on the snow and they'll be there when you get back; AVALANCHE absence, but still great elevation and great snow; it's SELF-CONTAINED, and although there's no place else to go once you're there, who cares?! They even have hot springs excursions where bathing suits are, uh, OPTIONAL. That's it - STEAMBOAT! But if there's good snow, I'm happy in Vermont.
post #12 of 29
Jackson Hole. The town is kind of plastique but I love the terrain.
post #13 of 29
>>I think that now is the time for you to tell us how you got banished from Wolf Creek.<<

Oh I didn't get "banished" thank you. And I don't want to say libelous things. Let me just say that the situation for middle managers there has gotten so bad that even members of the owners own family finally quit and left town.

When I decided to resign, they paid me what was essentially "hush" money. Because I know TOO MUCH about the morally and legally questionable history of the place.

And because of that . . . I cannot tell you more!

I CAN say that the EMPLOYEES are really great folks in spite of the situation they work under, in fact as long as you are not a manager things are great. It pays better than even most big ski areas, it gets Utah-like snow - but is much less crowded - so in the rare times where there is a week without snow, you can still ski freshies all day. And since its so out of the way, and far from any big population center - there are mostly just Texan and Okie tourists there . . . and they stick to the groomers - leaving many hundreds of empty acres to be had. And the mountain has a lot of variety.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 07, 2001 02:24 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Todd Murchison ]</font>
post #14 of 29
>>jeez, how steep do you WANT it?!<<

If you have to ask, there is no answer that will satisfy you. Steamboat is a fun cruiser mountain as well. You may want to avoid the SW part of the area where Telluride, Crested Butte and Taos lurk! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #15 of 29
I haven't had enough time out west to give fair ratings, although, if I had on eplace to ski out west it would be Alta/Snowbird due to its snow, terrain and proximity to the airport.

East, I will qualify. Sugarbush/MRG, I count them as one because when we are there for a weekend or a week we ski both. Simply, Vermont skiing at its best. Okemo, not a hard mountain, but it is a fun mountain great for my family to ski together and no one gets upset because there is something for everyone. This si a giulty pleasure of an area. Hunter, 3:45 hrs to get to it, best day trip, worth passing the Poconos and very good snow and good terrain. null
post #16 of 29
That's easy.

Jackson Hole.

Inbounds, out-of-bounds, or both. Best terrain in the US.

Bob

If you didn't say JH, you're just arguing over second place. Hee, hee.
post #17 of 29
Temperature at the time of posting: 60 degrees :

Hmmmn, tough question.

But my answer would have to be:

ANY FREAKING SKI AREA WITH SNOW ON IT......

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH.......


Ahem. Going home soon to put on my shorts, fire up the Weber, and pour some more bourbon..then I'll sharpen and wax my,
golf clubs?

Man did I pick a bad year to quit smoking....
:
post #18 of 29
I'm going to say Sunshine Village, AB.

The reasons are:

1. Top of the world feeling skiing and everyone can enjoy it regardless of ability. Scenery that is hard to beat!!

2. The snow there is ALWAYS in good crisp shape. They only get about the same snowfall as Loveland, but it is the condition and quality that really counts. From the limited exposure I have had to skiing, nowhere else can fully compare.

3.It will always feel like you are on top of the world, away from the madness of most 'resort' ski areas. The Canadian park service will see to it regardless of financial concerns.

4. The Canadians are a really nice bunch of people and really want the business of visiting foreigners!! The vast majority of staffers truly embrace the spirit of the wild Canadian wilderness.

5. There is terrain aplenty for everyone. The ski area does a good job of balancing their efforts among all levels of skiers, and mother nature has served up some special treats for experts that most other ski areas can only dream of.

6. The exchange rate makes it an unrivalled deal for Americans. Expenses once you get there are bargain basement everywhere you look!

7. The culture feels like a refined version of what I know to be 'Texas'!!!
post #19 of 29
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Exit 154:
Temperature at the time of posting: 60 degrees :

Hmmmn, tough question.

But my answer would have to be:

ANY FREAKING SKI AREA WITH SNOW ON IT......

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH.......


Ahem. Going home soon to put on my shorts, fire up the Weber, and pour some more bourbon..then I'll sharpen and wax my,
golf clubs?

Man did I pick a bad year to quit smoking....
:
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


I can bring the steaks.. what time should I be there?
post #20 of 29
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Phil Pugliese:

I can bring the steaks.. what time should I be there?
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sounds good!
I'll be drinking by 6, grilling by 7:00
Makers Mark ok by you? Tee time is 8:00 AM Sat. I think silver wax, don't you?

Seriously, to keep on Topic.

My favorite ski area would have to be Magic Mt. Vt. Wait, before you pounce on me. It's not the best out there, I know that. I'm not arguing for any body elses second place here. I'm just telling you about MY favorite area. phftttt!!

Magic has some of the most challenging terrain in the East. Classic, narrow double fall line shots everywhere. Glades, bumps, steeps, cruisers...You name it, it's there.....Never much of a crowd, reasonable ticket prices, and the best burritos this side of Tijuana....It's like spending the day with an old friend for me.

Try it some day if you can with good snow. You'll be happy you did.

Have a great weekend you lucky Western Bears!

Can't wait to pick up my X-mas tree this weekend in shorts.....? :

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 07, 2001 01:39 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Exit 154 ]</font>
post #21 of 29
Amen to what Exit said about Magic. When that place has snow it is a little bit of Heaven for any skier.
I understand it may be under new ownership; and whether this is good or bad news remains to be seen.
oh yeah..favorite area : Jay, And the main reason being snow, terrain, and a bit more of the old time atmosphere than you'll find in other areas (except maybe MRG).
post #22 of 29
I'm going to say Squaw but only because I've only spent a week at Whistler and don't know it well enough to call it my favorite.

From what I did see and ski at Whistler, it's got everything Squaw has; just more of it.

OOps...forgot the "why" part:

1. Palisades
2. KT-22 (bump heaven)
3. Granite Chief
4. 3 hours from home.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 07, 2001 03:52 PM: Message edited 1 time, by KevinH ]</font>
post #23 of 29
tough choices

I like Lost Trail because it's a homey little place with slow chairs and terrific snow. The terrain isn't Chamonix, but there's no airfare.

I also like Fernie because of its terrain, layout and snow, and because the Elk River Valley and the Northern Rockies are beautiful.

I really like Snowbowl's terrain and homey feel. However, it's not the greatest place for good snow. But this year appears to be shaping up for better-than-average snowfall quality and quantity, so my 'Bowl opinion may change pretty radically.

I like Big Mountain because I know it pretty well, because I don't mind skiing in foggy or near-whiteout conditions, because it's got great diversity of terrain, and because of the views when it's not foggy or snowy.

But when you factor in ticket price and the intangible "feel" of an area, Lost Trail is the winner for me.

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post #24 of 29
Can't answer about out west. But in Vermont it would have to be Jay. Why? Because its where I really learned to ski (well a week at Sutton during college but Jay is where it all jelled). I must say they are starting to thin the glades too much and have a tendency to overgroom (helps sell condos) but its still my favorite.

A close second would be MRG (can't beat walking to the slopes from the lodge) if the snows good so is the skiing.

Skied Magic the first year it returned and enjoyed it, been trying to return since but it hasn't worked out (neither have my planned trips to Burke or Wildcat)

Everyone do your snow dance this week and lets get the Eastern season started already.
post #25 of 29
Gotta agree with AltaSkier. Alta is the best. I stay at the Rustler every Feb., and can't wait to hit Stonecrusher and race my buddies top to bottom, or do some hiking to some hard to reach chutes. Too bad I live in SF.
post #26 of 29
Everyone of course knows that Alta and Snowbird are now connectd by a new high speed lift that orginates in Mineral Basin, and unloads at the top giving you direct access to Alta.You could always access Snowbird from Alta, provide you could handle what was there to do so.

So I think you now need to think of both areas as one, and this added feature certainly makes it one of the best, if not the best in North America.

Major drawback, is for the flatlanders to get used to the altitude, but that's also an issue in Summit County Co., Aspen area, Jackson Hole, Steamboat and any other resort that has a base elevation of at least +7500 feet and 2000' of verticle.
post #27 of 29
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire

1. 2 hours from Boston, 1300 vert.
2. GREAT black-diamond glades (i'm serious)
3. I feel like I know everyone there.
4. NH's only 6-pack chair
5. Rarely crowded, and a nice atmosphere
4. Good local micro-brews!
post #28 of 29
My favorite ski resort is the one that has the most powder on any givin day. Really though, I don't have one favorite. My favorites are , Steamboat, Copper, Vails back bowls, A Basin on a clear day, Squaw is awesome. But, if I could only pick one, it would probably be The Boat. It's a great ski mountain, the altitude isn't a problem, crowds aren't a problem, the terrain is friendly even though there isn't much steeps, it's the powder, the people, the town, the whole thing.
post #29 of 29
On the strength of visiting about 80 resorts from northern Scandinavia, to central Europe, to the States (Vermont, Utah, Colorado, Washington State), Australia and Japan, I'd nominate:

Zermatt: surely the world's most spell-binding mountain (especially at sunrise), with ski runs that are not the world's steepest but are surely the most characterful. Tremendous off-piste terrain, long runs into Italy, epic (good word here) trails on the shoulders of the Matterhorn, and a great car-free town to stroll around in the evening.

Chamonix: Like Zermatt, vertical descents of over 2000 metres (7000 ft), and some of the world's most testing steeps and couloirs. Every skier, at some time in their life, should tackle the Vallee Blanche from the top of the Aiguille du Midi right down (snow permitting) to Chamonix town. This is the world's longest lift-served run, over the biggest vertical drop, with astonishing glacial scenery en route.

My favourite US resorts were Snowbird, Vail, Stowe and Sugarbush (yet to ski other US resorts nominated above)and I have to admit that I've yet to ski legendary US powder.
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