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Old 04-18-2012, 07:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This is a relative question because some of the best mountains in the world are also the most populated and get shralped in 45 minutes. Mammoth is one of those places. If you're a powder hound, you pretty much stay away from the mega-resorts.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wherever i end up when i should be at work...
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Where I live because I can go board before work. I wish it would have been a better snow year and I would not have broken a leg but I still got 38 days. Son is up to 140ish. Plus I get to enjoy the mtn after that.

Best resort is the one you get to enjoy the most.... mine just happens to fit most of the criteria listed above.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The best resort in the world can still be shit if you have to work on pow days. I think living central to a few different spots with the flexibility to ride whenever/wherever its fresh and deep is the ultimate scenario
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I agree with grafts. I work evenings so I can get fresh tracks every morning.

Living in central CO gives fairly good access to other places. Jackson is 8 hours, Aspen 2 hours, telluride/Durango/silver ton/wolf creek 3-4 hours, copper 15 min, beaver creek 15 min, breck/abasin/keystone 30-40 min, steamboat 2 hours, Tahoe 10 hours..... Vail village or lions head village is 2 minutes if I drive or 8 on the bus that stops outside my condo.......
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:48 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, thanks for the replies.

Yes i do realise that it is a bit of a silly question but i didn't want to bore you all with the details of my situation and preferences and thought i would just put it out there as a general one.

There doesn't seem to be a general consensus for the best overall resort, perhaps unsurprisngly, however i thought there would be some stronger resorts in people's minds!

I mean Whistler has to be pretty good right? Mammoth does sound great to me too but then i want good lifts, good runs, great park(s), minimal queues and of course powder (but who doesn't!)

It is fine to say smaller resorts for one or two days but ask yourself where you'd want to be for a season and surely the smaller places don't cut it right?
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I mean Whistler has to be pretty good right? Mammoth does sound great to me too but then i want good lifts, good runs, great park(s), minimal queues and of course powder (but who doesn't!)

It is fine to say smaller resorts for one or two days but ask yourself where you'd want to be for a season and surely the smaller places don't cut it right?
You have the question turned around...it should be...what do I want to ride/learn and then select the resort based on your answer. All resorts if riding a whole season every day can be ugg, for instance Whistler can be shit for expense, lift lines and rain/heavy wet.
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Yes a very good point!

I would say that i am looking for the following:

- powder at least some of the time
- a good park and by good i mean one that has plenty for intermediates, is well maintained, has its own lift ideally and one where you don't queue for ages to hit a feature!
- A livable town not just one full of seasonnaires or holiday makers (Fernie was great for this but i didn't rate the rest of the place that highly - no park either!)
- Enough terrain for a season
- good number of tree runs for those bad weather days

There must be some resorts that tick these boxes?

Of course i realise that a great resort in bad snow is just terrible and a great park that is full all the time is rubbish too (trust me i board in Europe a lot!).

So with those criteria what suits?
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:05 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Yes a very good point!

I would say that i am looking for the following:

- powder at least some of the time
- a good park and by good i mean one that has plenty for intermediates, is well maintained, has its own lift ideally and one where you don't queue for ages to hit a feature!
- A livable town not just one full of seasonnaires or holiday makers (Fernie was great for this but i didn't rate the rest of the place that highly - no park either!)
- Enough terrain for a season
- good number of tree runs for those bad weather days

There must be some resorts that tick these boxes?
Fernie does have a park but it's rails only. There are LOTS of off-piste jumps all over the place though.

In the area here I think only Lake Louise and Sunshine have decent parks. Even then they're sort of an afterthought. Must be low demand for them here. To be honest with you I prefer off-piste jumps anyway. I guess a park is good for working on a skill and mastering it, but I like the unpredicatble nature of off-piste riding.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:07 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Yes a very good point!

I would say that i am looking for the following:

- powder at least some of the time
- a good park and by good i mean one that has plenty for intermediates, is well maintained, has its own lift ideally and one where you don't queue for ages to hit a feature!
- A livable town not just one full of seasonnaires or holiday makers (Fernie was great for this but i didn't rate the rest of the place that highly - no park either!)
- Enough terrain for a season
- good number of tree runs for those bad weather days

There must be some resorts that tick these boxes?

Of course i realise that a great resort in bad snow is just terrible and a great park that is full all the time is rubbish too (trust me i board in Europe a lot!).

So with those criteria what suits?
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