I've been enjoying the latest version of the Deer Valley flame war. But it's got me to thinking. Pity those of us lucky enough to live close to great skiing, we've got tough choices to make. Alta, Snowbird or Snowbasin? Winter Park, Breck, A-Basin? Kirkwood, Squaw or Alpine? It's just so painful.
So, over on the DV/Canyons debate, I've asked, "if you have seven days in Utah, and you can ski seven resorts (eg, one a day), which would they be?"
I'd like to ask the same of Denverites, Bay Area residents, etc. (keeping in mind that the idea of how far you drive for day skiing varies depending on where you live).
I'll start the ball rolling. From Milan, there is tons of world class skiing within a two and a half-hour drive. Using that as a rough limit, I'd opt for these seven areas (in no particular order), and I reserve the right to change my mind if someone tells me I'm dumb and makes me cry.
- Courmayeur (though only to ski on the La Palud side)
- St Moritz
- Madesimo (it's not like I was gonna leave it off)*
Honorable mention: Flims, Lenzerheide, Klosters.
Verbier, Zermatt are just a little too far to credibly be called day areas from here (unless you drive like an Italian, which I don't).
*We've now got a 150 inch base. 4,460 feet vertical. Just did the conversions.
Edited by prickly - 2/19/2009 at 05:49 pm