ESPN's Real Mountain Poll

  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

    Votes: 9 37.5%
  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • Snowbird

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • Revelstoke Mountain

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Whistler Blackcomb

    Votes: 3 12.5%
  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • Aspen Snowmass

    Votes: 6 25.0%

  • Total voters
    24

dbostedo

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Pretty good videos of each place (after you sit through the ad at the start)... a lot of send-age in those! And I liked that Squaw worked in the shot of someone high-fiving people on the lift when the snow got so high last season.

I don't know how you choose... for me, it would be Aspen of the places I've been. Of course, I've only been to 4 of the 7... though I'll add Snowbird this season.

Interesting that they are all Mountain Collective resorts (probably since Aspen is the X-Games host) except for Whistler, which used to be. I wonder why they let it stay in?
 

Crank

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Can't tell from videos. I guess I'll just have to ski 'em all and draw my own conclusion. I have skied all of the U.S. resorts listed and neither of the Canadian ones. Of the hills I have skied, my personal favorite terrain-wise is not on this list. Alta! I just really enjoy exploring the place.
 

Philpug

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The only one I haven't skied is Relestock but I bet it is damn good. Honestly, I would be happy skiing any one of the areas...for the rest of my skiing days.

Poll added here too.
 
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Ken_R

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Visual samples of big mountain skiing/terrain. Big lines, steep and big vert.

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:cool::cool::cool:
 

fatbob

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None of the above. La Grave, Chamonix or Verbier. Even Courchevel, home of Russian oligarches and their erm large number of nieces has a bunch of burly peaks and couloirz.
 

Bad Bob

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I vote for all of the above. One is simply not enough and there are way too many variables.

The only fair way to decide this is for ESPN to send us all on one week consecutive stays at each of these resort. Obviously there will be a lot of disagreement due to snow conditions and the like after the first round so follow-up trips.

Now ESPN only needs to decide if they are sending us in mass or in rotation. Thank you ESPN.
 

dbostedo

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I vote for all of the above. One is simply not enough and there are way too many variables.

The only fair way to decide this is for ESPN to send us all on one week consecutive stays at each of these resort. Obviously there will be a lot of disagreement due to snow conditions and the like after the first round so follow-up trips.

Now ESPN only needs to decide if they are sending us in mass or in rotation. Thank you ESPN.
That is a fantastic analysis...

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Mothertucker

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I chose JHMR only because I've not skied W/B, the only 2 on the list that I view as big mountain. I shall watch video now to see if my perspective is skewed. I did overlook Revy, don't know enough about it...
 
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MarkP

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I've skied 5 of 8 (did Squaw and Alpine back when they were still single, so counting them as such!) but not enough to feel able to make informed rankings.
All I can say is I enjoy every day out on my skis to the fullest, no matter which resort.
Looking forward to taking Snowbird off my yet to be skied list during the Gathering.
 

at_nyc

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Interesting that they are all Mountain Collective resorts (probably since Aspen is the X-Games host) except for Whistler, which used to be. I wonder why they let it stay in?
That explains why Big Sky is not on the list, which is my favorite (along with WB). For North America, that is.
 

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