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post #31 of 35
Well, yes, I used to think less of the "little" resorts.
When I was younger, I thought nothing about driving 2-4 hrs (each way)
to go sking to the bigger resorts around, I thought I had become too good
for the smaller resort near home, where I learnd to ski (since then only
one has managed to stay afloat, and barely) as a kid.
Since becoming a father, I have re-assessed the belief.
I take pleasure in driving the 35 minutes that it takes to go to the
nearest resort, see the webcam
with all its limitations in slopes, quantity of snow, crowds and so on, see the MAP
And ski there with my children, and if we're tired, stop and drive home
and be home in less than 45 minutes.
Slopes and vert may not be the best, and with 30-50 cm of snow, forget
about off-piste, still...
Who cares, I'm skiing, spending time outdoor with my family and, since it's nearer,
it costs less to commute there, hence I have more money for the lift tickets
(26 Euro for adults and 21 for children, during the week ends, and
18-15 Euro M-F, an outrageously high price!, ahh
the laws of the market).
Pleasure in life lies in the small things as well as in the big ones.
post #32 of 35
I'm in agreement with Matteo and Willy (when he said that he would go to a small hill if there is some good reason).

We were just invited to meet another family (mostly beginners) at the smallest of our local hills this weekend, which is likely to be one of the busiest weekends of the season because of the holiday. I must admit that I had to think twice about this invitation, but in the final analysis decided that we will go.

If I look at this potential ski day in one light, I would undoubtedly conclude that it would be boring and crowded.

However, looked at differently, even if we don't get all that much skiing in, it gets the families together for a fun event, we all get a bit of exercise & time in the outdoors, it will be the first introduction to the sport for some of their kids, etc. etc. Personally, I know that I can make use of almost any time I spend on skis to improve my skiing, even on the bunny slope.

Now, of course, if too many invitations like this prevented me from having some ski days that were more to my liking, I would probably have to start declining them, but as Matteo said, "Pleasure in life lies in the small things as well as in the big ones".

Tom / PM
post #33 of 35
Your in-laws were a little indelicate but it is their loss.

I remember the first time I went to Vail. Earlier that winter a good friend of mine took me to Stowe after skiing Killington almost exclusively for years. Now, K and S are big by Eastern standards but still can't compare to V for size. I had a 'peak' day at Stowe, a day I will always cherish as one of my best. We skied the Front Four, the tops of Goat and Starr were closed but Liftline and National were open . This was before Liftline was regraded and more snowmaking added. Ice flows formed on Liftline where springs seeped onto the trail. The condition were typical Eastern icey with scattered soft spots. The 2000+ vertical and variety of terrain off of the quad was a revelation. The sheer thrill, the friendship bond and the new challenge was all one could dream of. I've not been back to Killington since.

Later at Vail, my wife and I were having a good time. My wife is as good a skier as I, if not better. I could not stop thinking about Stowe, not just the total experience but the Mountain itself. Although Vail has 3000 vert. I recall that only one intermediate trail used the entire drop. The front side offered pods of skiing of around 1000 vertical. The Back Bowls gave up 1600 or 1800 of continuous drop but the conditions were crusted and we didn't have a clue how to ski it. The groomed cat tracks were just plain boring. I found Highline on the 2nd. day and finally I was happy to find something that compared to National. I'm sure that there is more challenge at Vail then what I found but we had no guide who knew our capabilities. On the 3rd day it snowed 3 feet of fluff and we spent the day in our first real deep western powder. We could only manage about a half dozen gorilla turns then we would crash and laugh. That day I learned why the Back Bowls were so famous.

One more short note. My wife and I shared a peak day (one of many) on our home hill of 900 vert. in the pouring rain. We pulled out our motorcycle rain gear and had the mountain all to ourslves. Those icey bumps on the expert hill that had been biting our butts all year were now slush bumps we could plow right through. The lifties thought we were crazy but they still came out to load us and shake their heads in disbelief.

So the parable? It's not the hill, it's the thrill and the company you share.
post #34 of 35
I really like that-

"It's not the hill, It's the thrill!"


post #35 of 35
I am at the point, where i go for quality over quantity. I paid my dues skiing the Poconos at the likes of 450 ft Timber Hill with its two T-bars and a poma. No more Pocono skiing for me...Peach Soda. Gimme 15-20 days west, in NY or VT, I am a happy camper. Have I become a Ski Snob? Maybe, but its my coin and my time and I will decide how and where i will ski.

Now, with that said, I am not condemning small mountains. They are the back bone of the industry without them their would be no skiing, and kudos to Glen Plake for doing his tour. If I was visiting and someone asked me to do a "half" day (and I had my boots w/ me), I doubt I would say no. Especially if it was an erea that I never skied.

Note to In-Laws: Shut the yap and suck it up.
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