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post #31 of 42
Not that I want to promote Killington in any way, but is that 1,100 acre count eastern style (actual in-bound trails and glades) or western style (boundary-to-boundary, which, in my limited experience, often includes a large amount of completely unskiable terrain)?
post #32 of 42
How about small, but not so unknown? A-Basin.
post #33 of 42
I think the big increase in acreage measurements is not due to any kind of fraud (measuring unskiable terrain) but the fact that a single high elevation western bowl contains many hundreds of acres of terrain by itself. The reality of the increased acreage is undeniable for anybody who has spent a great deal of time at both western and eastern resorts. But of course European resorts leave the western resorts in the dust for skiable acreage too.

What is really interesting to me is the density of lifts vs. acreage at various resorts. Out here (east) the lifts are really crammed into close proximity.
post #34 of 42
Posted By Sugar Snack
Lake Chelan, WA actually has a small ski hill with some not so bad terrain. It's hidden in the hills almost to Manson. One two seater chair (maybe two now). <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That would be Echo Valley
Owned and operated by the Lake Chelan Ski Club, the ski hill offers three rope tows and a 1,400 foot Poma lift for the more advanced skier.

Were you thinking of Loup Loup out of the Methow?
Offering 1,240 vertical feet with 7 major runs ranging from beginner to expert, the Loup Loup keeps all its skiers and snowboarders satisfied. The hill is serviced by a year-old Poma Quad chair lift, installed in 1998 by a large community volunteer effort, that brings short lift lines and quick trips to the top. Another Poma surface lift and beginner rope tow give snow lovers a chance to practice their skills off the beaten path. Runs are groomed nightly by tiller-equipped snow cats, with plenty of off-pique adventure just outside the major runs. The Loup Loup also provides 25k of groomed cross-country trails from beginner to expert to telemark, with another 50k only 5 minutes away.
post #35 of 42
I wasn't trying to start one of those annoying "which is better: Eastern US or Western US?" threads... I was just curious how they measured Killington's terrain.
post #36 of 42
Eastern vs. Western is easy, we better all avoid starting a Europe vs. America thread. Have been trying to figure out skiable acreage at Les Trois Vallées . . . with 200+ lifts. It looks like at least 80,000 acres. Yikes!

Not specifically about skiing - but just in general, if anybody is ever curious about where the crowds *are not* in this country. Look at this nighttime satellite imagery of the U.S. Quite amazing, the line at the Mississippi is so dramatic!
post #37 of 42
Yeah, but according to all reports coming from Europe, this is NOT the year.
post #38 of 42
Yep, they are apparently hurting big time.
post #39 of 42
Pomerelle, Idaho
post #40 of 42
A couple of Bears put Powder Mountain Ut on thier list of small and Unknown Mountains.Well That won't be the case for much longer. Rumor has it That,Powder mountain a small family owned mountain, Has been bought by a large as of yet unnamed mega resort development company.It's sad to see another family owned ski mountain go.
post #41 of 42
I vote for Berkshire East and Haystack(too bad its only open weekends).
post #42 of 42
I'll beat Gonzo to it.

Lost Trail in Montana is powder heaven.

I will also second Bridger Bowl, which happens to be powder heaven these days too. At least 6' of new in the past two weeks.
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