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Old 04-18-2012, 08:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to know what you guys think are the best resorts in the world? If you could go to any for a season which would you pick?

I am looking for overall not just the best in one area.

I did this in a UK forum and Whistler and Mammoth came out on top so what do you guys think?
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Length of season is a huge factor. Maybe not so much if you're visiting for a specific time range of course. I think Mammoth is open for almost the whole year. Anyone from Mammoth?
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've never been there but I'm guessing it would have to be MT. Crescent in Nebraska. 50 Acres, 3 blacks with one double. Looks bad ass...
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I guess that depends on the person and what kind of riding they want to do. Mammoth has a killer park until the fourth of July (usually). Mount Hood Oregon is pretty sick with it and I believe they stay open all year. Camp of Champions looks pretty badass. I could go on and on. There are too many.
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I've never been there but I'm guessing it would have to be MT. Crescent in Nebraska. 50 Acres, 3 blacks with one double. Looks bad ass...
It is across the river in Iowa.
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It is across the river in Iowa.
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The time I went to Crescent we went at night and had alot of drugs and booze. Thats standard kit for Counciltucky.

To the OP: best resort in the world? Your own helicopter. Heli AK/NZ year round would be the ultimate. Otherwise everybody takes it in turns, like this year Japan seemed to have a nice solid season from start to finish. Summit county, CO got shit, but last year was epic.
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hello

I would like to know what you guys think are the best resorts in the world? If you could go to any for a season which would you pick?

I am looking for overall not just the best in one area.

I did this in a UK forum and Whistler and Mammoth came out on top so what do you guys think?

Trouble is that's a really subjective question. What is the best for me might not be the best for you or the next guy. Here's what I would want my resort to have in order of importance:

- Great snow (lots of powder days)
- Challenging terrain (chutes, glades, cliffs, steeps, etc.)
- Many/all lifts high speed
- 2500+ ft vertical
- Long season
- Short lift lines
- Well designed traverses limiting the number of flat areas
- South facing slopes (in the northern hemisphere) so they are lit up during the end of Dec early Jan
- Fun night life/decent town/good accommodations without being too expensive
- Good terrain park

I guess it's sort of self explanatory. There's no point in having 2500+ feet of vert if there's no good snow and/or you're stuck on slow lifts all day.

I've heard people that boarded in the French alps say that the Canadian Rockies were way more exciting to board, some people love the north American east, some people hate it. It would be hard to get bored at a place like Jay Peak.

Revelstoke has the most vert in North America. I think Whistler/Blackcomb has the largest total skiable area in North America. I think the entire PNW and Canadian Rockies have had some record snowfalls this season, but Japan seems to have some great powder porn too. I think unless you've boarded all over North America, Japan, the alps, Norway, South America, etc. you can't really vote one way or another.

Of course I'm going to say something like Lake Louise is the best, for it's south facing slope, challenging terrain, relatively short lift lines, etc. but then I go have powder days at Fernie that kill it. I think it's really hard/impossible to say what resort is "best". I think if I had to ride one resort every day for a year, Fernie would keep me the least bored.
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Depends on what you want. I want a solid terrain park, long season, sunny days and enough pow sprinkled in to change it up. Based on that, I'd choose somewhere in South Lake Tahoe like Sierra and have a manageable drive to Squaw and Kirkwood for pow days. That or Mammoth Lakes so I could do Mammoth and June Mountains.

A complete pow hound who wants good back country options might pick Fernie, Revelstoke, Whistler or Jackson over that. Someone who wants good all around conditions, a big number of resorts to choose from and access to an airport for trips might take SLC.

I think Mammoth, SLC or Whistler probably provide the most complete experience but it still depends on what you want.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Sorry but its a stupid question unless you got money rolling out your ass and you want that kind of scene.

My favorite mountain in colorado is still loveland, I call it the ghetto mountain cause you have every race and color of people there is, its just like a normal place without all the I am better than you bullshit. It has a good vibe.
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