Featured Best dirtbag ski areas

Discussion in 'General Resort Discussion' started by Analisa, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. David Chaus

    David Chaus If I am skiing the world is a perfect place. Skier

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    Ummm......Whitewater is the very definition of what she’s looking for, with awesome food as an added benefit. Silver Star and Schweitzer are anything but dirtbaggish, they are full-scale resorts with lodging, high-speed lifts (both actually have 6-packs) and other amenities. That said, they are less travelled, less crowded, less expensive than most resorts that @Analisa is eschewing, and lots of locals who know how to ski. If she is willing to compromise on the dirtbag principle, she would have a great time at either/both.

    I empathize with her plight. I might make Baker my new home as well next year. I’m teaching with an independent ski school at Stevens, and it’s not clear whether Vail will allow concession schools next year.
     
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  2. Pumba

    Pumba Out on the slopes Skier

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    Haven’t read the full thread, but revelstoke and kicking horse also came to mind. The town at revelstoke is super low key and charming. Good food too.
     
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    Analisa

    Analisa Out on the slopes Skier

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    @David Chaus - I've been home from Whitewater for about 48 hours (it inspired the post to find some similar spots). I liked Schweitzer a lot. Granted, it was a weekend powder day, and the only other people there were the "retirees that make you look like a gaper" crowd. I tend to steer away from amenities/high speed chairs since it tends to go hand-in-hand with the hyper-touristy spots, but when they don't it's that much better! Silver Star was a little wide open groomers/wide open moguls on repeat for my tastes, but it was also an odd snow year where all the other BC resorts we hit got pounded and they somehow didn't.

    @Pumba Need to get back to Revelstoke since my only trip was during a high pressure system but still really fun. I'm hoping that all the work it takes to get there will keep it from getting too popular, but I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a little more touristy as they continue to develop the village.
     
  4. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Just in time for this discussion. Lost Trail.

     
  5. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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    Along these lines -- @Analisa if you haven't read the Montana article in the first issue of Ski Journal this year, I'd recommend it.
     


  6. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Making fresh tracks Skier

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  7. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Equivalent video for Bridger.
     
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  8. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Earlier video for Whitefish. Interestingly, there's a duplicate "locals" face in this and the last. (Son of friends.)

     
  9. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    I noticed they didn't mentioned the fog.
    Nice vids. They could make Hunter look good though.
     
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  10. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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  11. Sibhusky

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  12. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    You had me at this:

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    :D:D:D:D:D
     
  13. 50kVert

    50kVert At the base lodge Skier

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    Mt Lemmon, AZ - Two very old double chairs. And as far as I know, the only bathrooms they have are a few port-a-pots in the parking lot.
    Sunrise Park Resort, AZ - I've called the "snow phone" before and reached a person who said "uh, looks like it's snowing out there"
     
  14. Dwight

    Dwight Practitioner of skiing, solid and liquid Admin Moderator

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    Yes, go!

    My kids both go all the time.

     
  15. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    Yes it's a gorgeous mag. Heh, assuming it's still printed and not just digital.
     
  16. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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    It's still printed.

    Most recent copy is always on my coffee table. Older copies go in the van.
     
  17. chilehed

    chilehed Tom Skier

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    No doubt about that. Every time I think about going, I remember that I can get from Detroit to Vermont in about the same amount of time.

    Nonetheless, it deserves mention in a thread such as this.
     
  18. sparty

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    Red Lodge Mountain has already come up a couple of times, and I think it meets the criteria. There's interesting slackcountry, questionable plumbing, and a much more laid-back vibe than Bridger or Big Sky (plus Red Lodge itself is a cool little town). They dropped the word "resort" from their marketing some years ago because they felt it was overselling the place.

    If you want the dirtbaggiest ski area in the area, though, that would probably be Beartooth Basin. Opening schedule is roughly Memorial Day through July 4 (subject to the road being open), there is no plumbing, and the F&B operation is selling prepackaged stuff out of an old little league concession truck (which doubles as the ticket sales office). No chairlfits (two pomas) but a very, very cool place.
     
  19. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    Well Ski Journal and Skiing Heritage are two ski mags worth getting. One of the photographers for ski journal used to be on epic and is prob here.
     
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  20. Wilhelmson

    Wilhelmson Getting off the lift Skier

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    There's a group working on a system of glades at the ski tow in Lancaster NH. Haven't been there but the tow is free with a suggested donation. On St Patricks day we went to the Irish pub downtown. Good food and service and a few characters there.

    How about Mt Abram in Maine?
     

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