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Ski Poll

Posted by Josie | December 22nd, 2009 | Filed under Uncategorized

What does it take for a resort to win the hearts of ski and snowboard enthusiasts? A quick office poll revealed a wide variety of reasons- a memorable champagne powder day, challenging terrain, beautiful views, and the resort closest to home growing up. My favorite is the one that I know well enough to find a fresh stash of powder at the end of the day. What’s yours?

If you need to reach us between now and January, some of us will be testing product at the ski resorts that won us over. Check out the snow reports of our favorite ski area’s and come join us.

TLRD1308Mark: Alta & La Grave
Hal:  Bachelor
Tyson and Libby:   Ski Bowl
Susan:  Mad River Glen
Jamie and Eugenie:   Jackson Hole
Johanna:   Squaw Valley
Ian:  Purgatory
Kristen:   Killington
Josie:   Snowmass & Alpine Meadows

Friends of Nau:
Miriam:  Mt. Baker
Kim:  Big White, Lake Louise, & Zermatt

15 Responses to “Ski Poll”

  • January 3, 2010 at 1:40 am | Mariam says

    What no Teacup or Mt. Baker? I think a giant 350 might be easier to pull off on the slopes than on the Willamette.

  • January 4, 2010 at 12:25 am | Kim says

    >What’s yours?

    - Ski resorts with ski-in/ski-out chalets to run so you can ski right up to hot tub’s edge (Big White in BC)
    - Ski-access only lodges like temple lodge (aka ‘temple beach’) in Lake Louise
    - The taste of beer served glacier-side at 12k feet altitude in Zermatt

    Why does it only need to be one thing!?

  • January 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Josie says


    Agreed! Baker is amazing, and I was surprised it didn’t make it to the top of anyone’s list.

    In the 25,330 350.org photo’s on Flickr, I found one from the slopes, check it out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/3977879607/

    Right now the Baker snow report says it’s raining. Hopefully you’re not there today!


  • January 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Josie says


    Big White sounds like an apres-ski dream come true; wear your swimming suit as a base layer, stash a beer in the snow bank, and ski straight to the hot tub.

    Big White has the best snow report today- 6 inches seems like a big dump after a relatively dry season so far.


  • January 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Caitlin says

    Caitlin: Mt. Baldy http://www.sunvalley.com/SunValley/info/mtn.rpt.bald.aspx

  • January 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm | hoon says

    it’s all about the lodge pimpin.

  • January 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Alan says

    Its all about the backcountry! Hit the hut systems in Washington or the unfortunately less numerous huts in Oregon. The apres ski beers are even better than at the resort lodges!

  • January 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Carma says

    Carma: Whitewater ski resort, right outside of Nelson, B.C. http://www.skiwhitewater.com/whitewater_snow_report.php

  • January 12, 2010 at 9:07 am | Jeremiah says

    Overall, I vote Baker or a personal favorite, Turner Mountain

  • January 12, 2010 at 9:44 am | Kim says

    Snapshot of Temple lodge (in late spring, standard attire is a bikini and a Kokanee):

  • January 12, 2010 at 10:17 am | Leslie says

    Sun Valley. Spent the best, most fun year of my life living in Ketchum in my 20s. The penultimate ski town.

  • January 13, 2010 at 5:39 am | Heather says

    Mount Bohemia. Awesome snow with yurt lodges!

  • January 14, 2010 at 6:54 am | joshg says

    Nice to see some east coast spots…good list. Don’t forget Jay, Burke, Wildcat and Cannon….

  • January 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Josie says

    I had no idea the “U.P.” had extreme skiing!

  • February 22, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Kaela Atleework says

    Oh come on now. Really what about Mammoth or June Mtn? Just becasue they’re a six hour drive from LA doesn’t mean they’re not the most beautiful places in the world. Not to mention soft powder days, sweet tree runs, and even some big ol jumps for those interested in early death.

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