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vanoot 03-18-2010 11:16 AM

Regional: Ontario, Canada
 
For everything Ontario!

tooscoops 03-18-2010 11:30 AM

i just vote blue due to the early bird 5x7 deal... not counting money... i'd probably choose... i don't know.. but not blue.

i ride mostly glen eden, but its just because i kind of have to.

vanoot 03-18-2010 11:38 AM

To be honest, I think Blue is overrated. Either that or some of the other hills are underrated. No offence to you die-hard Bluers, but Blue is full of first timers, and is often crowded.

Last year for spring break, I went to Horseshoe. I stayed overnight, and in the morning got first tracks. It was a great atmosphere, and I met some really cool people. Horseshoe is is the "snow belt" so it gets and retains way more snow than Blue. Also it wasnt crowded at all. The prices were amazing and there were NO lift lines. None.

Although it doesnt have as much stuff as Blue, it's still a great place to ride.

CoopersTroopers 03-18-2010 12:21 PM

Tough call because none are really fantastic. I would never recommend someone to come to Ontario specifically for the skiing/snowboarding. That being said, we make do with what we've got...

Blue I find over-rated and crowded, but it does clearly have the best village. If you were looking for a place to go for a full weekend of partying and riding, then Blue is the most suitable. It's also a pain in the ass to drive to.

My preference would be for either Mt. St. Louis Moonstone, or Horseshoe. They're fairly close to each other (you can see one from the summit of the other) and both much easier to get to than Blue. In terms of separating those two:
  • MSLM has a better park and two pipe runs
  • MSLM has more runs
  • MSLM has more lifts, and faster lifts, so you're typically not waiting as long (Horseshoe is alright, but can be a wait at times)
  • Horseshoe has a greater diversity of runs and faces of the hill (MSLM is pretty much come straight down and pick a fork that will still go mostly straight; Horseshoe at least winds through the woods and pitches terrain in more directions)
  • Horseshoe has a better bar/restaurant and chalet facilities (Beavertails!), though MSLM seemingly has better cafeteria food
  • Horseshoe has more "other" activities, like dog sledding, tubing, and cross country

Toss up?

As for where I ride most, I work close to Chicopee, so it's easy and cheap to go there after work when I have the itch. It's just not very much of anything beyond being cheap and close at scant over 200' tall.

vanoot 03-18-2010 08:30 PM

Personally, I havent ridden ST. Louis. I guess I should go try it out, if the park is any good??

As flat as ON is, we have quite a few pros coming out of Ontario. Lots of great park riders. Sure it's not Fernie or Whistler, but the Ontario boys can sure throw down!

CoopersTroopers 03-19-2010 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by vanoot (Post 276321)
Personally, I havent ridden ST. Louis. I guess I should go try it out, if the park is any good??

As flat as ON is, we have quite a few pros coming out of Ontario. Lots of great park riders. Sure it's not Fernie or Whistler, but the Ontario boys can sure throw down!

Yup, try MSLM. It's only 10-15 minutes farther along the 400 than Horseshoe, and has two terrain parks and two half pipes. Sadly, the Outback (the good parks) might be closed for the season as we're quickly melting away. Lots of really nice features in there.

Parks are one of the few things a small resort can try to do well, since they don't have the vertical for good alpine. Don't need a lot of vertical for a terrain park (unless you want a massive X-Games slopestyle run), and can put a few of them throughout a resort to space out the people. Ontario gots to represent in something eh? :p

vanoot 03-19-2010 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by CoopersTroopers (Post 276524)
Yup, try MSLM. It's only 10-15 minutes farther along the 400 than Horseshoe, and has two terrain parks and two half pipes. Sadly, the Outback (the good parks) might be closed for the season as we're quickly melting away. Lots of really nice features in there.

Parks are one of the few things a small resort can try to do well, since they don't have the vertical for good alpine. Don't need a lot of vertical for a terrain park (unless you want a massive X-Games slopestyle run), and can put a few of them throughout a resort to space out the people. Ontario gots to represent in something eh? :p

Oh for sure. Looks like im headng to Blue tomorrow. MSLM is an extra half an our than Blue. Also, I just picked up a Burton Hero and I get a free lift ticket. Its gunna' be sick.

karmatose 03-19-2010 06:32 PM

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Originally Posted by vanoot (Post 276618)
Oh for sure. Looks like im headng to Blue tomorrow. MSLM is an extra half an our than Blue. Also, I just picked up a Burton Hero and I get a free lift ticket. Its gunna' be sick.

Kinda jealous! I wanted to go to Blue this weekend but my buddy bailed on me and I don't want to do the drive by myself this time around. Driving home by yourself sucks.

vanoot 03-21-2010 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by karmatose (Post 276657)
Kinda jealous! I wanted to go to Blue this weekend but my buddy bailed on me and I don't want to do the drive by myself this time around. Driving home by yourself sucks.

Yea, it's always better with a friend, for riding and driving. I personally like a group of 3 or 4 guys for riding and driving.

On a side note, it is supposed to get colder and snow all of this week, so next weekend is supooosed to be better than this one. Our season isn't done yet it seems...

karmatose 03-21-2010 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by vanoot (Post 277038)
Our season isn't done yet it seems...

So, let me know when you want to go!


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