Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan
Given a choice between Baker and Vail, I'd pick Baker. Size isn't everything, and I'd rather have 1000 acres of challenge than 4000 of boredom.
Every man is entitled to his opinion.
But, seriously, Harry, have you skied Vail?
It's not 4000 acres, it's 5,200 acres. It's difficult imagine anyone skiing the huge challenging lines here, and concluding they're "boring". Some of the best skiers I've known call Vail "home", and they're not wussies.
Have you skied the double-black terrain under Highline Express, or Northwood' Express? Not many people can waltz down that terrain. Virtually all the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin are at least Black Diamond.
The only terrain at Mt. Baker I know that matches these steeps is directly under Chair 5 or Chair 6 - which are mostly double-black due to their narrow chute.
Why would you trade a couple of hundred acres of double-blacks, for several thousand - not to mention, dry snow, blue sky, and wide-open powder terrain?