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Which Direction Do Most Ski Resort Slopes Face?

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I'm talking on-piste here. Nothing backcountry. I know that some mountain like Whistler Blackcomb face almost completely south. Is there an online source showing which mountains face north, south, east, and west?

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Just guessing, but I'm sure most resorts would prefer to face north, to retain snow.  However, ownership and access issues probably play the biggest part in the decision.  But, here, most of the slopes face south and the best snow is on the north-facing sections.  Those sections open first, then the south facing stuff later.

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Tony Crocker (epic ski member) has a breakdown of many of NA's biggest resorts.

 

http://webpages.charter.net/tcrocker818/

 

According to this site, W/B doesn't have much south facing terrain...

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Originally Posted by Alpiner88 View Post

I'm talking on-piste here. Nothing backcountry. I know that some mountain like Whistler Blackcomb face almost completely south. Is there an online source showing which mountains face north, south, east, and west?


WB has very little south facing slopes. 7th Heaven is probably the only region that could be considered to be south-facing and it is south-west

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Originally Posted by Alpiner88 View Post

I'm talking on-piste here. Nothing backcountry. I know that some mountain like Whistler Blackcomb face almost completely south. Is there an online source showing which mountains face north, south, east, and west?


WB has very little south facing slopes. 7th Heaven is probably the only region that could be considered to be south-facing and it is south-west


Yeah, not sure where the OP got that idea from.  Both mountains are mostly NW facing.

post #6 of 11

Cardinal rule for hill builders in the Northeast US is the slopes must face north or northeast (slopes are hidden from afternoon sun).  Huge penalty in snow preservation if they don't.  Having said that, there are a minority that face south (e.g. Bromley, VT) or other directions.  Most of those that don't face NNE were due to ignorance, serendipity back in the old days, land or water use issues in newer resorts as Sibhusky alludes to, or other unique considerations.  One of the newer resorts in the mid-Atlantic, Whitetail PA, doesn't face NNE.  I believe the reason was because they found an exceptional/unique hill close to DC with superior vertical (900'+) for the region, but they have to counter the adverse exposure in marginal seasons with extra snowmaking. I believe in Eastern Canada there are a number of hills that don't face NNE, but they get away with it because of lower average winter temps compared to further south.

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OP here again.

 

Manchester81, thanks for linking me to that page. It's just what I was looking for.

 

My bad about Whistler being south facing. I thought I read somewhere that 7th Heaven and the whole mountain faced south, but it's just the 7th Heaven lift area.

 

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Down!!!

 

 

(sorry, couldn't resistroflmao.gif)

post #9 of 11

Wrong, if they faced down, the snow would fall off!  Couldn't resist either.

 

Other non-conforming New England slopes:  Cranmore due west with a bit of south, Bolton Valley west on the average, Black Mountain (NH) south, Wildcat northwest, Magic northwest (although they talk about the East Side and the West Side).

post #10 of 11

Bromley faces South.

 

Mt. Temblant has the North Side and South Side.  The North Side faces east.  The South Side faces west. 

 

They also have Soliel which does face South and The Edge which is next to North and also faces more-or-less East.

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. I believe in Eastern Canada there are a number of hills that don't face NNE, but they get away with it because of lower average winter temps compared to further south.

Mont Sainte Anne faces NW/SE, Le Massif is almost entirely E , is that what you're referring to? Stoneham has a funky orientation too.
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