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Skiing mag's Resort Awards

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So I just got my October Skiing in the mail today, and they have ranked ski resorts in a wide variety of categories ranging from best overall to best parking lot scene. My own little home mountain, Jay Peak, ranked Number 2 for best backcountry access (behind JH) 2nd for best trees (behind Steamboat) and 1st for Best of the East! I'm sure that people will find as much fault in these rankings as they do in the yearly ski reviews, but I was still psyched to see my mountain represented. Where did yours rank up? What's missing?
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The rankings seem to be more about actual skiing (and pretty accurate) and less about ski vacations, like Ski (that and the joys of fractional ownership of private jets.) Skiing's attempts to be hip is usually so forced and off base that it's beneath comment. I thought the little piece about getting by as a ski bum by stealing poles was pretty awful. Stealing equipment may be funny to magazine writers who try to imagine what being a skier is about, but I'm not sure it's funny to us. Now, an article about stealing a fully loaded Porshe Cayenne with a rack full of Sterling skis from the Beaver Creek parking lot, that would be hip and funny...
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
The rankings seem to be more about actual skiing (and pretty accurate) and less about ski vacations...
Best Place To Buy a Guilt Present: Aspen
Best All-Inclusive Package: JH
Best Patio: St. Bernard, Taos
Best Apres Scene: Whistler
Best Festival: Whistler
Best Legal Car Camping: Taos Ski Valley
Scariest Access Road: Valle Nevado
Best $300+ Hotel Room: Four Seasons, Whistler
Best Hot Tub: Squaw Creek Resort
Best Feed Lot: Dee Valley/Crested Butte
Best Parking Lot: A-Basin
Best $40 Steak: Chop House, Telluride
Best Music Scene: Harry O's, Park City
Best Meat Market: Harry O's, Park City
Best Cougar Hunting: Buffalo Bills, Whistler
Best Burger: The Bag & Kettle, Sugarloaf

Not quite ALL about actual skiing.
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
My own little home mountain, Jay Peak, ranked Number 2 for best backcountry access (behind JH) 2nd for best trees (behind Steamboat) and 1st for Best of the East!
I haven't skied much of the east but I have skied Jay and I had a great time there.
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Oh, I see what you mean. Kinda fun, although the only things I looked at were overall rankings and snow. When people in Utah go on a ski vacation they go to Whistler or Jackson. I need to check out Harry O's...they shut down the Monkey Bar. I guess the elders didn't like strippers.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
The rankings seem to be more about actual skiing (and pretty accurate) and less about ski vacations, like Ski (that and the joys of fractional ownership of private jets.) Skiing's attempts to be hip is usually so forced and off base that it's beneath comment. I thought the little piece about getting by as a ski bum by stealing poles was pretty awful. Stealing equipment may be funny to magazine writers who try to imagine what being a skier is about, but I'm not sure it's funny to us. Now, an article about stealing a fully loaded Porshe Cayenne with a rack full of Sterling skis from the Beaver Creek parking lot, that would be hip and funny...
Skiing tries so hard to be youthful and irreverent that it smacks of desperation. Even the foul language sounds phony.

The point is: You can feel the effort, as they juggle content to target the youth market.

Less corporate rags, like Powder, resonate a genuine vibe.

Skiing ran into trouble because they wanted big circulations numbers, with commensurate ad revenues, while trying to sound Ghetto.

Fake.
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Best Place To Buy a Guilt Present: Aspen
Best All-Inclusive Package: JH
Best Patio: St. Bernard, Taos
Best Apres Scene: Whistler
Best Festival: Whistler
Best Legal Car Camping: Taos Ski Valley
Scariest Access Road: Valle Nevado
Best $300+ Hotel Room: Four Seasons, Whistler
Best Hot Tub: Squaw Creek Resort
Best Feed Lot: Dee Valley/Crested Butte
Best Parking Lot: A-Basin
Best $40 Steak: Chop House, Telluride
Best Music Scene: Harry O's, Park City
Best Meat Market: Harry O's, Park City
Best Cougar Hunting: Buffalo Bills, Whistler
Best Burger: The Bag & Kettle, Sugarloaf

Not quite ALL about actual skiing.
Despite Skiing's desperate editorial air, I agree with many of these choices.

The apres scene and Whistler beats anything I've seen. Dublin's Gate Pub at the base is the most amped, genuine pub scene this side of the British Isles. A roaring good vibe with great Irish music.

Whistler's Telus Festival is hands-down the best rock-star scene in Skiing. The real deal.

I'm not sure what "All-Inclusive Package" means. But, if it's a combination of all goods in one resort, JH is undisputed.
post #8 of 15
Skiing Mag is trying to fill the void left behind by the now defunct "Freeze" and nearly defunct "Freeskier."
Powder is still the best IMO.
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Skiing Survey Results--East

I noticed that Magic Mountain was #3 for "Best Week-After-A-Storm Skiing." Looks like the surveys Skiing magazine sent out, received, processed, tabulated and printed gave the same advice the Barking Bears gave when I asked about Magic Mountain. It just took Skiing 1.5 yrs to collect and colate the info. that I was able to get in 1.5 days. Tks.

I was happy to see MRG at #2 and Gore at #7 for Best of the East (not 100% sure Gore is actually the 7th best mtn. in the east, but I do enjoy skiing at Gore). However, where was Whiteface, and what ever happened to the State of New Hampshire? They haven't seceded yet, have they?

Ski the East
post #10 of 15
Okay... let's get down to what's really important for us single guys.

Best Cougar Hunting: Buffalo Bills, Whistler

I'm willing to brave the whiteouts and rain if the cougar hunting is good!!!
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Okay... let's get down to what's really important for us single guys.

Best Cougar Hunting: Buffalo Bills, Whistler

I'm willing to brave the whiteouts and rain if the cougar hunting is good!!!
These are experienced Cougars.

You'd better bring your A-game.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
So I just got my October Skiing in the mail today, and they have ranked ski resorts in a wide variety of categories ranging from best overall to best parking lot scene. My own little home mountain, Jay Peak, ranked Number 2 for best backcountry access (behind JH) 2nd for best trees (behind Steamboat) and 1st for Best of the East! I'm sure that people will find as much fault in these rankings as they do in the yearly ski reviews, but I was still psyched to see my mountain represented. Where did yours rank up? What's missing?
That is really cool for Jay. This is definitely the best area in the east and in my opinion stacks up pretty well against the western giants.
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These are experienced Cougars.

You'd better bring your A-game.
Anything like this?

I'll bring a 'wing man'. Better safety in numbers.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
The rankings seem to be more about actual skiing (and pretty accurate) and less about ski vacations, like Ski (that and the joys of fractional ownership of private jets.)
Thats the impression I got too. Despite their steak and cougar hunting reqs.
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Anything like this?

I'll bring a 'wing man'. Better safety in numbers.
That's not a Cougar, that's a Kitty - with refreshments.

Yeah, experienced Cougars don't take kindly to lack of resolve.

They demand performance, and durability.

It's always good to have back-up.
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