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.