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Is it possible to ski 13 resorts in a single day?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Ski Utah (an organization that promotes Utah skiing, duh) undertook a publicity stunt where they skied 13 Utah resorts in a single day. Supposedly it has never been done before and it took 16 hours and over 500 miles of driving in a van. Pretty cool.

I wrote up an article on my Examiner page.

You can also read a blog with vid at skiutah.com

I guess it can be done in Colorado and Tahoe as well, but I don't think either of them have the access that Salt Lake City does. Thoughts? Anyone else ever attempt something like this?
post #2 of 23
I don't think that you could do thirteen in one day in Colorado. Lets see you could get to Breck, Copper, Keystone, Abasin, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Loveland pretty easy but after that you start getting into multi hour drives.
post #3 of 23
The key is lots of resorts close together. It could probably be done at Tahoe (14 resorts, so you wouldn't even need to go to Kirkwood).

Probably the easiest place to do it would be to start at Tremblant, then head south on 117 / 15 and stop at each hill on the way to Montreal. I count fourteen , but some of them may be closed. Anyway, after skiing all of these before lunch, you could head to Quebec City, the Eastern Townships, or Ottawa to pick up another four to six. With night skiing, you could probably do 20 in a day if you planned it right.
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 

Let's see.

1. Loveland,
2. Brekenridge,
3. Keystone,
4. A-basin,
5. Copper,
6. Vail,
7. Beaver Creek,
8. Arrowhead,
9. Sunlight,
10. Snowmass,
11. Buttermilk,
12. Aspen Highlands,
13. Ajax.

Yes, I suppose it could be done in Colorado in a day.
post #5 of 23
There is a group here in Maine that does this sort of thing every year.

I don't know how many they do but I would guess around 10.
post #6 of 23
From the article...
Quote:
The mission began at Brian Head Resort near Cedar City at 5:00 in the morning
Is Brian Head even open for skiing at 5AM?
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
From the article...


Is Brian Head even open for skiing at 5AM?
It's called hiking for turns, my friend.
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by rustyhoot View Post
1. Loveland,
2. Brekenridge,
3. Keystone,
4. A-basin,
5. Copper,
6. Vail,
7. Beaver Creek,
8. Arrowhead,
9. Sunlight,
10. Snowmass,
11. Buttermilk,
12. Aspen Highlands,
13. Ajax.

Yes, I suppose it could be done in Colorado in a day.
You're going to need one more for your list in order to make 13. #8 Arrowhead is Beaver Creek
post #9 of 23
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It's called hiking for turns, my friend.
Then why did they say something about buying lift tickets?
post #10 of 23
Not sure about Tahoe...lemme count:

1. Soda Springs
2. Sugarbowl
3. Donner Ski Ranch
4. Boreal
5. Tahoe/Donner
6. Squaw Valley
7. Alpine Meadows
8. Granilbakken
9. Homewood
10. Northstar
11. Diamond Peak
12. Mt. Rose
13. Heavenly
14. Kirkwood
15. Sierra at Tahoe

actually, yeah, it could be done and you'd even squeeze out 2 extra resorts (an extra 3 if you counted Royal Gorge X-Country).
post #11 of 23
It's called turning on the lifts early for publicity stunts
post #12 of 23
Yay, I can buy 13 passes in one day.

The hell with soul.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by rustyhoot View Post
1. Loveland,
2. Brekenridge,
3. Keystone,
4. A-basin,
5. Copper,
6. Vail,
7. Beaver Creek,
8. Arrowhead,
9. Sunlight,
10. Snowmass,
11. Buttermilk,
12. Aspen Highlands,
13. Ajax.

Yes, I suppose it could be done in Colorado in a day.
Little Ski Cooper on on the back-roads from Vail to Aspen would make 14.
post #14 of 23
An ambitious person could do 16 here in the mitten, all lift-served while the resort is actually open.:
  1. Nubs 8:45am
  2. Boyne Highlands 9am
  3. Boyne Mountain 10 am
  4. Treetops 11 am
  5. Schuss Mt noon
  6. Summit Village 12:30
  7. Mt Holliday 1pm
  8. The Homestead 2pm
  9. Crystal 3pm
  10. Caberfae 4pm
  11. Snow Snake 5pm
  12. Apple Mt. 6pm
  13. Mt Holly 7pm
  14. Pine Knob 8pm
  15. Alpine Valley 9pm
  16. Mt Brighton 10pm

Nubs starts loading their lifts around 8:45pm (scheduled opening is nine, but they let you ride up as soon as they're ready) The last four stay open until 11, although Brighton goes until 2am some nights - do it on that day, and you've got a three hour cushion at the end.

If you bought a White Gold card it'd only cost $189 for the day. Cheaper than helli-skiing!

As for publicity, I'm not sure "Michigan: ski it all in a day!" is exactly the best marketing slogan.
post #15 of 23
I guess yes, again, it depends of the definito of "resort".

If you go to the Dolomites...every single village is a "resort".
Linked to the others via ski runs/lifts.
If you look at the map, there are 12 skiing areas (valleys, each includes more than one village, usually).
So, some of those can be skied in one day, using skis/lifts as locomotion in between.
A guy did even a multi day ski trip moving from village to village using the pistes to travel from one to the other (I think the baggage was sent ahead by car, or somethingsuch)
But if a resort is everything you can ski with only one pass then , well...
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by rustyhoot View Post
1. Loveland,
2. Brekenridge,
3. Keystone,
4. A-basin,
5. Copper,
6. Vail,
7. Beaver Creek,
8. Arrowhead,
9. Sunlight,
10. Snowmass,
11. Buttermilk,
12. Aspen Highlands,
13. Ajax.

Yes, I suppose it could be done in Colorado in a day.
As someone said, swap Cooper for arrowhead, and start or finish at Eldora for 14. In Utah did they allow skiing before or after public hours of operation? If so, then above could be done in CO, maybe throw in Powderhorn to break record.
post #17 of 23
So, I've now read the article, and looked at some maps and I'm a bit underwhelmed.

If you can get the resorts to cooperate by opening the lifts at 5am and keeping them open into the evening you could ski 13 resorts in just about any state, assuming that the state has 13 resorts.

Is the point that they skied every resorts in the state in one day? Then they're in the company of Indiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Rhode Island, Iowa, Ohio, Connecticut, New Jersey, South Dakota, Virginia, Maryland and probably a few others. I don't get it.
post #18 of 23
"Is the point that they skied every resorts in the state in one day? Then they're in the company of Indiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Rhode Island, Iowa, Ohio, Connecticut, New Jersey, South Dakota, Virginia, Maryland and probably a few others. I don't get it."

??Most of those states don't even have a series of legitimate resorts. I grew up in NJ and they have 2 actual resorts and maybe 1 or 2 other local ski hill/clubs. I'm pretty sure Virginia, Maryland, RI, NC and Connecticut don't have more than a handful of resorts either. Not to mention that a lot of the states you mention are tiny in comparison to UT. It would take about an hour to get around to NJ's resorts. In UT, it's about 5 hours from Brian Head to Salt Lake and another hour north to Snowbasin/Powder and then another hour north to Beaver Creek. That's not really taking traffic into consideration. I'm not understanding the comparison- oranges with apples.

I don't think it's supposed to be a jaw-dropper, but if you think about the time and effort it takes not just to drive, but to gear up, walk to the lifts, ride up and take a run it's an interesting idea. In this case, you have 7 + hours of hard driving, plus another hour or two + of driving/commuting between resorts and then what 20-30 minutes minimum at thirteen resorts, so 4-5 hours or so. That's all pretty conservative and I bet it would take significantly longer when actually performed. So not impossible or amazing, but noteworthy.
post #19 of 23
I'd think you could do this pretty easily in VT:
1.Mount Snow
2.Stratton
3.Okemo
3.Pico
4.Killington
5.Bolton Valley
6.Sugarbush
7.Stowe
8.Smugg's
Then Head 89 to 91 for
9.Burke
10.Woodstock Inn
11.Suicide Six
12.Ascutney
13.Bromley--should have been thrown in around Stratton/Killington

I think there's also a tiny mountain outside of Mt. Snow, not sure if it still operates. And if you got ambitious you could might even make it up north to Jay. I'm sure that route is not the best but it could probably be done there.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
The key is lots of resorts close together. It could probably be done at Tahoe (14 resorts, so you wouldn't even need to go to Kirkwood).

Probably the easiest place to do it would be to start at Tremblant, then head south on 117 / 15 and stop at each hill on the way to Montreal. I count fourteen , but some of them may be closed. Anyway, after skiing all of these before lunch, you could head to Quebec City, the Eastern Townships, or Ottawa to pick up another four to six. With night skiing, you could probably do 20 in a day if you planned it right.
If you plan it right you could probably make it through all the Laurentian resorts during the day, then, depending on traffic in Montreal, hit up Mont St. Bruno, Bromont, and then haul ass to Quebec city and ski Stoneham and Mont Ste. Anne at night.
post #21 of 23

Crazy thread, I love it.  You could easily do 13 in NH, going South to North:

 

1. Pats Peak

2. Crotched

3. Ragged

4. Sunapee

5. Waterville Valley

6. Loon

7. Cannon

8. Bretton Woods

9. Attitash

10. Black Mt.

11. Cranmore

12. Wildcat

 

13.  and why not end with a hike up and ski down Tuckerman's Ravine

post #22 of 23

For CO you could also throw in Echo, Winter Park, and Sol Vista (along with Eldora). 

 

So if you just stuck to the Front Range:

 

Eldora, Echo, Winter Park, Sol Vista, Loveland, A-Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper, Vail, Beaver Creek

 

You'd only have 11, but it might be do-able during normal operating hours.

post #23 of 23

Similar to what Nobody said, you could do it fairly easily in Austria.

 

I've skiied 15 different mountains in one day, but that was probably only about 10 different resorts.

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