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post #1 of 29
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What is the "ski highway" in your region, the road where the snow and the hills are. Here in the MidAtlantic it has to be US219, which runs 500 miles from the WV/VA border to I-90 in NY. Ski areas that i know of on or near 219 are

Snowshoe WV
Canaan Valley WV
Whitegrass WV
Timberline WV
Wisp MD
Blue Knob PA
Seven Springs PA
Hidden Valley PA
Denton PA
Holiday Valley NY

Surely there are some more.

 

post #2 of 29
Here in New Hampshire: I-93. Gunstock, Tenney, Waterville Valley, Loon, Cannon, Bretton Woods are on or near I-93. Burke is just a bit further and the areas in the North Conway vicinity such as Attitash, Cranmore, Jackson, Wildcat are often reached by first driving up I 93 and then taking the Kancamaugus Highway or rte 25 to rte 16.

In Vermont the classic skier's road has to be rte 100.
post #3 of 29
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In Vermont the classic skier's road has to be rte 100.

Driving up vemont 100 I sometimes suspect they detoured the road to make sure as many ski areas as possible are on it.
post #4 of 29

I70 west into colorado is my ski highway. Im from wichita

post #5 of 29
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I70 west into colorado is my ski highway. Im from wichita

When i lived in Wichita my ski road was the road to Taos New Mexico. I forget the highway numbers but West and then South through the Okie panhandle to Clayton N.M to Taos. kind of a long trip for a three day weekend but Taos is magic!
post #6 of 29
I-80 across Nebraska, then I-76 to Denver and beyond.

It's pretty cool because all late fall/winter/spring you see vehicles with ski racks or Thules/Yakimas making their way through Omaha. If you're lucky every once in a while you'll see a new snowcat or some snow cannons on a flatbed heading West!
post #7 of 29
 US131 goes to(or near) the most ski areas in Northern Michigan, Boyne, Boyne Highlands, Nubs, but M-115 and M-55 take me to my closest hills, Caberfae and Crystal Mountain.

Gotta love a highway that takes you to fun!!!
post #8 of 29
The 219 is also the same main route for our ski areas. Holiday Valley, which was included. As well as Hollimont and also the way to Kissing Bridge for us.
post #9 of 29
Some road on the way to Bearpen Ski Area, which was only opened for a few years in the 1950s.

Them were the days

post #10 of 29
I-40 for an hour and a half
Right on 221 for an hour
Left on 105 half an hour to Appalachian Mountain-best snowmaking early and late season.
Keep going down 105
Right on 184 another 20 minutes and your at the foot of Sugar and Beech Mountains-best terrain.

Hawksnest up that way was also great skiing they got peaved at the town and closed the lifts two years ago.


Then there is straight up highway 501 for 3 hours to central Virginia and Wintergreen.  Nice but Expensive and CROWDED!
post #11 of 29
What do you think of Canada 1, the Trans-Canadian?

  Between Vancouver and Calgary on, or just off of (by Canadian standards), sit s a lifetime supply of vertical and powder.  You could probably follow that road all winter and never ski the same line twice.  If you get bored by the lift skiing skin up or catch a choper. 

Think about it; on or near Canada is everything from Nakiska and Norquay for groomers, with Lake Louise, Sunshine, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse,blah blah blah. You end up just north of Vancouver at Whistler Blackcomb.  Would be a truly noble way to spend a winter.

I would really like to do this but must be back at the hospital every night before dark, or they come looking for me.

That is my vote.
post #12 of 29
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In Vermont the classic skier's road has to be rte 100.

post #13 of 29
This road only leads to two ski resorts. Hwy 210 also known as Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd.  It goes passed Snowbird then dead ends at Alta.
post #14 of 29
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What do you think of Canada 1, the Trans-Canadian?

  Between Vancouver and Calgary on, or just off of (by Canadian standards), sit s a lifetime supply of vertical and powder.  You could probably follow that road all winter and never ski the same line twice.  If you get bored by the lift skiing skin up or catch a choper. 

Think about it; on or near Canada is everything from Nakiska and Norquay for groomers, with Lake Louise, Sunshine, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse,blah blah blah. You end up just north of Vancouver at Whistler Blackcomb.  Would be a truly noble way to spend a winter.

I would really like to do this but must be back at the hospital every night before dark, or they come looking for me.

That is my vote.

Skiing is great!.... The highway itself sucks, except for the little bit from Banff through Lake Louise.

Dont forget the "Powder Highway":  Kimberly, Fairmont, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Revy, Panorama, Red, Whitewater.... not to mention the Cat Ski operators along the way too  :-)
post #15 of 29

Ramzee, could get lost on that loop.  Would happily give up the Coastal range and turn North @ Ossoyoss (sorry about the spelling, don't write in Canuk very well) and head up the Valley through Big White Silver Star ET AL.  Summer in Pentictan is my idea of very good. 

 

On second thought, people do not go there you will not like it. 

post #16 of 29
No one likes teh rte 89 ?
post #17 of 29
I'm quite fond of US40 which takes me to Winter Park and Steamboat.  One time I stayed on it 'til I got to Salt Lake City.
post #18 of 29
In our area US50 serves Sierra, Heavenly, and I-80 will get you to Sugar Bowl, Boreal, Donner, Squaw, Alpine, Northstar, Rose and a bunch of others. 

I like this one when it is open.

post #19 of 29
I93 and I89 in New England
post #20 of 29
CO Hwy 6. It coincides with I-70 for a while.

Winter Park (after taking Hwy 40 over Berthoud Pass)
Arapahoe Basin
Keystone
Breckenridge (with a 9 mile jaunt down Hwy 9)
Copper
Vail
Beaver Creek

All within an hour or so of each other.

Ski Cooper is just a little way from BC, too.

MR
post #21 of 29
US219???  Nothing but trouble.  Keep running into some guy named jimmy.  :)

Laurel Mtn., PA, plus lots of BC.
post #22 of 29
Nobody mentioned VT RT 100???? or NH Ski 93? As comprex mentioned I 89 get you the Adirondacks and VT.

I like Interstate 70, on this end of the continent you can get off and head to the WV ski areas or stay on and cruise by Boyce Park, Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain, Blue Knob and Whitetail, Ski Liberty here in PA. What ski areas lie within easy reach of I 70 between PA and Colorado?
post #23 of 29
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Nobody mentioned VT RT 100???? or NH Ski 93? As comprex mentioned I 89 get you the Adirondacks and VT.
 

LHC, check post #2. ;)
post #24 of 29
D-oh
post #25 of 29
I don't get to use it anymore, but NH 16. It is the main route for many Eastern MA skiers to NH.

It goes by some 'lost' ski areas like Whittier, Tyrol, Intervale and Thorne Hill, and some 'found' ones: Mt. Cranmore (my home hill as a kid), Black Mt., Wildcat and Attitash/Bear Peak (with a little side trip up US 302). And of course it leads you to the base of Mt. Washington, the East's greatest resort.

A little further on you can get to Cannon and the 'lost' area, Mittersil if you take US 302.

MR
post #26 of 29
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I don't get to use it anymore, but NH 16. It is the main route for many Eastern MA skiers to NH.

It goes by some 'lost' ski areas like Whittier, Tyrol, Intervale and Thorne Hill, and some 'found' ones: Mt. Cranmore (my home hill as a kid), Black Mt., Wildcat and Attitash/Bear Peak (with a little side trip up US 302). And of course it leads you to the base of Mt. Washington, the East's greatest resort.

A little further on you can get to Cannon and the 'lost' area, Mittersil if you take US 302.

MR
This post made me do a little Google mapping to investigate...I had been on 16 before without even realizing it, but only near 101. Must be a heck of a trek to take that way to Cranmore during a snowstorm! I live right off 93, sort of, so I take that most everywhere...which also makes me a little reluctant to cross over and try places like Cranmore, which I need to do sometime.
Nice post, made me investigate my adopted state a bit.
post #27 of 29
I-90 as mentioned but from the west  
WA Snoqualmie 4, Mission Ridge, Mt Spokane, 
ID Silver Mtn.,  Lookout
MT Snowbowl, Discovery, Bridger Bowl, Red Lodge
Yes they are not all just off the Interstate but from I-90 it's as close as the locals are coming from and the ones in bold are pull off and ride.
post #28 of 29
WA SR542 East
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

I don't get to use it anymore, but NH 16. It is the main route for many Eastern MA skiers to NH.

It goes by some 'lost' ski areas like Whittier, Tyrol, Intervale and Thorne Hill, and some 'found' ones: Mt. Cranmore (my home hill as a kid), Black Mt., Wildcat and Attitash/Bear Peak (with a little side trip up US 302). And of course it leads you to the base of Mt. Washington, the East's greatest resort.

MR

Follow 16 past Wildcat and it will lead you to Saddleback and Sugarloaf.
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