Favorite Mountain to ski?

DNShade

Hall of Fame
This probably only pertains to the SoCal folks but Mt Baldy is giving away season passes for this year, only an admin fee of $50. I've never been there, but they actually show some double diamonds on their map.

http://www.mtbaldychamber.com/promotions.lasso?from=OCR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXVtjT7pBKg&feature=related
When it gets enough snow - Mt. Baldy is actually real mountain skiing. Can be quite nice - especially for about a half hour from downtown LA. Have had some great days there.

Some of my personal all time favs:

-Whistler Blackcomb - Blackcomb glacier is great - near 6 mile run with 4,000+ vertical all to yourself usually
-Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee during big dumps
-Alta/Snowbird after big dumps
-Mammoth midweek after a huge storm on Dave's Run all alone
-Squaw, Alpine Meadows and Heavenly - with a day trip to Kirkwood and nights at the BJ tables...
-Summit County CO - too many places to choose
-Velvet smooth runs at Deer Valley for just a relaxing cruise followed up with a great meal at the Stein Eriksen Lodge
-Crested Butte for real Western skiing
-Sölden Austria
 

DNShade

Hall of Fame
squaw is the best mountain in north america hands down people!
I like Squaw too, but let's not get carried away...Whistler Blackcomb makes Squaw look like a nice little local area.

Ajax is classic, Jackson Hole has more "oh ****" runs, Banff/Lake Lousie, Big Mountain and Big Sky are pretty awesome, Sun Valley's Baldy is great, not to mention the back bowls at Vail, Alta/Snowbird combo, Steamboat and on and on....
 
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007

Professional
For Fall Line Groomers: Blackcomb, Beaver Creek, Copper, Sun Valley, Snowmass
For Steeps: Jackson Hole, Snowbird, Squaw,
For Bumps: Winter Park (Mary Jane); Taos, Squaw, Aspen Mountain
For Bowls: Whistler, Lake Louise, Vail
For Overall Terrain Variety: Whistler/Blackcomb, Vail, Lake Louise, Snowmass, Heavenly
 

Fed Kennedy

Legend
KT-22 is the best mountain in north america.
Whistler is great if you like fog.
People claiming colorado: you've got to be kidding.
I will give mt. baker washington honorable mention for their ridiculous dumps and the fact that the pow doesnt get tracked out too fast.
 

007

Professional
Yep, I can think of a few:

- the Goat's Eye Chair @ Sunshine Village, Alberta has 2000' of vert and only two intermediate runs down. Everything else is either single and double black or fall-and-slide terrain that requires avy.gear down a consistently steep fall line.

- Paradise Triple Chair in the Back Bowls of Lake Louise, Alberta. 1400' vertical but offers up a 1/2 mile wide ridgeline with only 2 non-single or double black lines down. The area it accesses is like KT22, Olympic Lady and Red Dog combined.

- Peak Chair @ Whistler. Almost unlimited black, double black and off-the-chart options on a much broader scale than KT22.....has a few hundred less vert.though.

- Peruvian Express, Snowbird (2350' vert)
- Stoke Chair, Revelstoke (2150' vert)
- Harmony Express, Whistler (2000' vert)

Discuss?
 

GRANITECHIEF

Hall of Fame
Lifts that go to the top of the fall line are powder killers. The best lifts go to the passes and require pain and suffering to get the goods. Quality over quantity. Give me Alta, or even Bridger.
Love Alta! I especially remember liking the eagles nest area.
 

film1

Semi-Pro
Steamboat is my choice but the snow is a fraction of the reason. I like the glade skiing on the left side and having the town be a real town, not a resort town gives it a better feel. Also since it is not really a day trip to a major city gives it a better feel on the mountain.
Steamboat is nice but has long lift lines.
 

GRANITECHIEF

Hall of Fame
Yep, I can think of a few:

- the Goat's Eye Chair @ Sunshine Village, Alberta has 2000' of vert and only two intermediate runs down. Everything else is either single and double black or fall-and-slide terrain that requires avy.gear down a consistently steep fall line.

- Paradise Triple Chair in the Back Bowls of Lake Louise, Alberta. 1400' vertical but offers up a 1/2 mile wide ridgeline with only 2 non-single or double black lines down. The area it accesses is like KT22, Olympic Lady and Red Dog combined.

- Peak Chair @ Whistler. Almost unlimited black, double black and off-the-chart options on a much broader scale than KT22.....has a few hundred less vert.though.

- Peruvian Express, Snowbird (2350' vert)
- Stoke Chair, Revelstoke (2150' vert)
- Harmony Express, Whistler (2000' vert)

Discuss?
Thanks, thats the sort of input i'm looking for. My mouth is watering looking at the special restrictions areas at sunshine, Delirium Dive, whoa!! Goats Eye, looks off the charts. Def putting that on the list.

I've done a week at Whistler/Blackcomb. Awesome snow conditions too. Pretty tough to beat, like having Squaw/Mammoth next to each other but both bigger. I would for sure like to spend more time there and in other spots of west canada as well. However, logistics are a bit tougher than staying local, but eventually it will happen.

Been to Snowbird as well. Very nice, didn't get quite the same KT feeling though. Consistently better snow quality for sure.

Where's the shout out for Jackson Hole Tram!
 

Toad

Rookie
I go skiing every year up in Breckenridge, CO (we have a place there). I think they have some of the best skiing (and the town is amazing too) but I am a little biased...the boneyard can't be beat after a nice hard snow, and peak 7 has some interesting terrain with rolling hills. Peak 10 would be nice if it wasn't always iced over...it's pretty good early in the morning. I think I heard that Breck is going to expand runs over onto peak 6 soon too which should be awesome.

I also loved Vail...probably would put it equal to Breckenridge, but it just isn't worth the drive out there for me. Of all the places I have been in Colorado, I would have to put A-Basin as the worst...there isn't enough terrain to do more than one day there. Outside of Colorado, my favorite would probably be Deer Valley followed by Heavenly.
 

kevhen

Hall of Fame
Canyons in Utah was huge and we had the place to ourselves, cheap, easy to get to, and great snow. Vail is excellent with so much powder in the back bowls. Whistler is amazing with one mile drop and so many different types of snow to ski on in just one long run. Grouse Mt has the best view of any overlooking Vancouver. I haven't yet skiied here in Australia but Mt Thredbo is on my list and the Queenstown, NZ would be sweet to ski. But I believe Salt Lake area is best area in the world for skiing based on snow, price, and ease to get to.
 

r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
But I believe Salt Lake area is best area in the world for skiing based on snow, price, and ease to get to.
STFU. We like to keep that secret to ourselves.

People, Colorado is the place to ski. Everyone needs to keep going to Colorado.
 

backcourt

Semi-Pro
I go skiing every year up in Breckenridge, CO (we have a place there). I think they have some of the best skiing (and the town is amazing too) but I am a little biased...the boneyard can't be beat after a nice hard snow, and peak 7 has some interesting terrain with rolling hills. Peak 10 would be nice if it wasn't always iced over...it's pretty good early in the morning. I think I heard that Breck is going to expand runs over onto peak 6 soon too which should be awesome.

I also loved Vail...probably would put it equal to Breckenridge, but it just isn't worth the drive out there for me. Of all the places I have been in Colorado, I would have to put A-Basin as the worst...there isn't enough terrain to do more than one day there. Outside of Colorado, my favorite would probably be Deer Valley followed by Heavenly.
Hey Toad, Have you skied the backside of A Basin where they put in a lift a couple of years ago? I was in Summit County last March, and although we didn't have a great deal of powder, that back side is just one huge bowl of something like 1700 verticle! We also had discount passes to Winter Park, which I was under whelmed by, though with good snow I could see how the tree skiing would be great.
 

GRANITECHIEF

Hall of Fame
How about Granite Chief Granite Chief?
haha yeah, granite chief. Its pretty amazing hiking up to the top of GC peak. Amazing views, and intense terrain. The Direct Chute at the tippy top should give just about anyone a good rush. One of my favorites for sure, and as was mentioned a couple post ago, it takes a little pain and suffering to get to the good stuff.
 

007

Professional
High Voltage and GC Main @ Squaw are the steepest groomed runs I've ever skiied aside from the groomers on Goat's Eye @ Sunshine Village.

Agree w/previous comment about lift access to 'the goods'. A 5 minute hike cuts skier traffic by > 90% = ALWAYS WORTH IT.

Taos cut a new run this year called N.America from Bambi down to Rubezahl. 2000' vert + no grooming. Taos has to be commended for tough terrain that is also not readily accessible.
 

Eph

Professional
I used to ski EVERYWHERE - East Coast/West Coast, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Switzerland, Austria, France, Chile, etc, etc, etc..

The life of an FIS skier.

Ah, I miss it so much. :'(
 

skyzoo

Banned
I used to ski EVERYWHERE - East Coast/West Coast, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Switzerland, Austria, France, Chile, etc, etc, etc..

The life of an FIS skier.

Ah, I miss it so much. :'(
one of my cousins actually went to the some huge events and almost made the olympics for downhill and went to ski school for his entire junior life. He said, other than injuries, that it was the life. He partied with Bode and a few other top tier skiiers a couple times actually.
 

NickC

Professional
one of my cousins actually went to the some huge events and almost made the olympics for downhill and went to ski school for his entire junior life. He said, other than injuries, that it was the life. He partied with Bode and a few other top tier skiiers a couple times actually.
I heard Bode was a complete ass. Buddy of mine met him in Vermont and said he was an absolute tool.

Also, are you on the east coast by any chance? Could'a sworn you were from CT or something like that, but I'm not in the mindset that allows me to remember things at the moment...
 

skyzoo

Banned
I heard Bode was a complete ass. Buddy of mine met him in Vermont and said he was an absolute tool.

Also, are you on the east coast by any chance? Could'a sworn you were from CT or something like that, but I'm not in the mindset that allows me to remember things at the moment...
Yeah I am an east coaster. Delaware to be exact. I wish I was closer to some nice mountains though. My cousins a bit older than bode and never really looked at other than a fellow skier. He actually took me brekenridge CO and made me look like a fool on the double blacks there.
 

Eph

Professional
He is.

I didn't attend a ski academy - was too focused with school, but I was training 4h a day and had a chance to go to KMS and a school outside of Gstaad in Switzerland. Declined as I was happy at a Waldorf School.
 

basil J

Hall of Fame
Skiing is my favorite sport by far. Before kids I used to go to Tahoe & Utah all the time. I live in Boston so I do the East most of the time.
My overall favorites are as follows:
1. Kirkwood
2. Alta
3.Squaw valley
4. Sugarloaf
5.Cannon
6.Heavenly (Motts Canyon)
7. Killington
8. Snowbird
 

christos_liaskos

Professional
I didnt realise this forum was so full of you yanks:D! Maybe it's just this thread.....

It seems only one of you has skied outside of the US and made your way over here to Europe. I'm not sure if you're supposed to have the better skiing over there or us here in Europe with the Alps.

I'm not what you would call a big skier since I live in the UK where we have no resorts! But for the last few years I've been skiing once a year every Christmas to France. Any resort in the 3 valleys is awesome because the skiing area and the variety is massive. The prive you can pay for a holiday there also varies massively depending on the resort you got to. Places like Courchevel and Meribel are ridiculously over-priced and for the people who want to flash the cash. Val Thorens is the highest resort in the Alps and guarantees good snow. Whichever resort you go to though will mean you have access to the whole skiing area and you will love it!

The first year I went skiing we went to Alpe d'Huez where they have the longest black run in the world. I didnt do it because it was only my first year but I do have good memories of that holiday and I do believe it's a supposed to be a good resort.

I have also been to Les Arcs when I was more experienced and again the variety and amount of skiing there was awesome. That resort is also connected to the neighbouring resort of La Plaigne although we were unfortunate that the week we went the link wasnt working.

Last year I went to Val d'Isere which does have a bit of a reputation for being overproced and posey but the skiing is again supposed to be very good. Unfortunately I didnt get to experience most of it since I fell ill on the journey over there and after a couple of days of trying to ski and lying in bed I ended up in a French hospital with a chest infection! Again though, the resort is linked with the neighbouring resort of Tignes, which I managed to get over to on the one day where I did manage to do some skiing.

Going to a resort which is linked with another is great because it always gives you a huge are and lots of varied skiing.

If you yanks ever come over to the Alps then I would recommend going to a resort in the 3 valleys just because you will have so much variety. You either get a pass for just your resort or one that covers the whole are which covers around 5-6 resorts i think.

I've never been to any other countries in the Alps because from what ive heard the resorts with the largest skiing areas are in France. I dont like the idea of going to a resort to do one run over and over, I like to cover as much ground as possible. Me and my brother normally try and get out as the first lifts open and stay out until the end of the day. He normally outlasts me though and I either have a break or finish early but we just ski until we cant manage it anymore and we've covered as much of the resort as we can :D!
 
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