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What's your biggest ski secret?

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Thread Starter 

What's one of your secret ski places that isn't well known. It doesn't have to be big, it doesn't have to have the fastest lifts, but just a great feel, a great vibe with great skiing.

I discovered a little place called Ovronnaz in Switzerland, I practically had it to myself on a powder day, then enjoyed their outdoor thermal spa afterwards.

post #2 of 28

you're not a fisherman, are you? 

post #3 of 28

haha sounds like a fisherman to me, loljk. My local hill is my favorite lift serviced spot, ski powder all day after a big storm and alot of it is untracked, favorite spot of all time is hidden in the snowy range mountains, not gonna tell ya where though ;)

post #4 of 28

You mean, besides the armadillo in my (ski) trousers?

post #5 of 28

Temple Basin.

post #6 of 28
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Temple Basin.


Agreed. All the clubbies around there are hidden gold. Olympus, craigieburn ect are all awesome.

post #7 of 28

It's no secret. But I would say Private Reserve at Mt. Hood Meadows. Most people are just too lazy to navigate the runout, and bootpack to get back to the lift. They would rather wait for the Heather Canyon shit show to ski wind effected garbage with a crowd of idiots who should stay on the groomers..

Also Ski Bowl outback. Again, most people around these parts are morons, and don't know where the real good terrain is.

post #8 of 28

I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

post #9 of 28

Beaver Creek

Deer Valley

Vail

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Beaver Creek

Deer Valley

Vail


True, no one goes there anymore, they are too crowded. 

post #11 of 28

I have no problem telling the world about Discovery ski area in Philipsburg Montana (home of the last good kiss).  And if it ever gets overrun, I'll take responsibility and perform suitable penance.  

 

But I don't see that happening.  THe place is small and out of the way, and has a great family vibe and some seriously steep backside skiing.  

 

But I admit that's not my biggest ski secret.  

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True, no one goes there anymore, they are too crowded. 


Didn't Yogi Berra say that?

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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

I have no problem telling the world about Discovery ski area in Philipsburg Montana (home of the last good kiss).  And if it ever gets overrun, I'll take responsibility and perform suitable penance.  

 

But I don't see that happening.  THe place is small and out of the way, and has a great family vibe and some seriously steep backside skiing.  

 

But I admit that's not my biggest ski secret.  

I saw this thread & thought, "There aren't many secrets left" then you reminded me of Ski Discovery!  I spent a day there in 07'.  Here is an excerpt from my TR:

 

Tues. 2/26 SKI DISCOVERY

My friend Tim told me to try Ski Discovery. Great place with some very steep runs off the Limelight chair on the Backside. When I start out it is snowing lightly on my drive up the well-maintained dirt road to this ski area located about an hour west of Butte, MT. The snow banks are more impressive the closer I get. This place has plenty of snow!
I start the day with a couple of guys I met walking into the lodge. The place is relatively deserted, maybe 150 people on the mountain including a class trip down from Missoula. We take a warm-up on the main run on the frontside before I lose them on the backside.
My guide today turns out to be a guy named Scott. He leads me around, up & down the steeps & trees on the backside, till he has to meet a friend around noon. I take a few more runs before leaving for Big Sky.

 

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/53764/ski-safari-montana-b-c

 

 

JF

post #14 of 28

Sundance, UT

post #15 of 28
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Agreed. All the clubbies around there are hidden gold. Olympus, craigieburn ect are all awesome.


Here is a little footage I took last Saturday:

 

post #16 of 28

My basement workshop.  That's where I tune my skis and my kids skis.  Turn on the radio, open a IPA, break out the brushes and heat up the iron.  A great tune does make a difference.

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One shot of tequila every hour or so helps me stay loose on the hill.  Not enough to get drunk, or to mess up my skiing, but just enough to put a smile on my face and get me pumped for some serious skiing. 

post #18 of 28

St. Foy!

post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by snowyphil65 View Post

. My local hill is my favorite lift serviced spot, ski powder all day after a big storm and alot of it is untracked, favorite spot of all time is hidden in the snowy range mountains, not gonna tell ya where though ;)



Sounds like my local hill........three days after a big dump and you still find fresh stuff tucked in the trees

post #20 of 28

Midweek!  The snow lasts so much longer when almost nobody is tracking it up.

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Midweek!  The snow lasts so much longer when almost nobody is tracking it up.


Better yet...mid-week nights when it's dumping. This can turn a "bad season" real good.

post #22 of 28
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Here is a little footage I took last Saturday:


Kiwiski,

Sweet video! 

How was your season on average this year & how long will it last? 

Sounds like a lot of those lesser known ski fields are real secret gems.

JF
 

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Kiwiski,

Sweet video! 

How was your season on average this year & how long will it last? 

Sounds like a lot of those lesser known ski fields are real secret gems.

JF
 

 

Having a great season so far and the best is yet to come as we head into spring. The smaller areas like Craigieburn in that footage have fewer people and more serious terrain than the big resorts, we are really lucky to have these places, they basically provide lift accessed backcountry terrain and snow.
 

post #24 of 28

Sometimes, when I am alone and bored I......

 

post #25 of 28

Get in touch with the Nord in you and tour as often as possible.

post #26 of 28

I guess the coolest less well known area I've been turned on to was

 

http://www.skipajarito.com/index.php

 

Sorry to the New Mexico locals for spilling these sweet beans.

post #27 of 28

The Burfield Chair at Sun Peaks only gets hard core local Kamloops skiers on weekends and almost no one takes the 22 minute chair ride mid week. The chair is over 10k feet long and offers 2900 vertical feet of mostly black and double black diamond runs. Sun Peaks is known as an intermediate heaven that does not get tons of snow (but does get very, very dry real powder) so the mountain has way less competition for powder as all the powder hounds in B.C. are either at Whistler or in the Kootenays and even the staff and newer locals at Sun Peaks don't ride the Burf very often.

 

The Burfield base sits off by itself about 2 miles from the developed Sun Peaks Village so the long time locals have their own private ski area within the growing resort with none of the big area hustle and bustle and crowds.

post #28 of 28

Discovery

Maverick

Teton Pass

 

The great news is I can tell as many people as I want about these resort but they're so far off the beaten path few people will bother to try them.

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