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Ski lifts closest to the sea

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Greolieres la Neiges claim that their ski lifts are the closest to any sea at 21km as the crow flies to the Med.

But I think Etna's lifts are around 15km from the sea.

Anyone know any closer ski lifts?


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Narvik Norway maybe 2km or less.
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Those near Vancouver, Cypress etc.
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Odd claim, it would put me off as more chance of wet snow or rain.
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One of the Dutch indoor ski slopes must be about 1km from the North Sea.

Aren't Fort William and Glencoe both practically next to sea (more of a sea loch I guess?).
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Nevis Range gondola is under 5 miles from the sea at Inverlochy!
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North Shore Vancouver and Nevis Range spring to mind - there are also Canadian areas on the St Lawrence I believe but for pedants to discuss whether that's a river or a sea-way
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Proximity to the Med - maybe Corsica?
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There's a few near Sapporo easily within 21km. I'd have thought there must be some in Norway and Iceland too.
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You can see the Med from the top of the Sierra Nevada ski range (although it's a decent hour plus drive from the coast).

Mount Etna's small ski area must be reasonably close, too.
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In Aleskya the lifts start at the dockside...

(I exaggerate for effect)
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Isle of Wight, up from Alum Bay. Not even a few yards, it's in the sea! Off piste is a bit gnarly though.

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Sunderland. You can see the sea from the top of the lift
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Blfjll Iceland
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@Pruman, Laughing Beat me to it! I saw the thread title and immediately thought Isle of Widget.

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Cyprus?
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If its a lift that serves skiing, Surely t it has to be Nevis Range?
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There's a few near Sapporo easily within 21km. I'd have thought there must be some in Norway and Iceland too.


Otaru Tenguyama is about 2km from the sea. The defunct Niseko Iwanai the same.

Snow Cruise Onze is practically in the sea



http://onze.jp/course/
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Mystic Mountain Jamaica. More for bob sleighing but you could water ski at the bottom. Toofy Grin
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In southern Europe, Corsica and Etna must both be very close, as has already been mentioned.

LOTA wrote:
You can see the Med from the top of the Sierra Nevada ski range (although it's a decent hour plus drive from the coast).

It's only about 40km from the coast as the crow flies though. It must be a contender for the closest large resort (say >100km) to the sea.

Also, a number of Spanish resorts have sea views, albeit at a distance.
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The answer has to be Nevis.
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Ok lets exclude non ski resorts and indoor ski areas / astroturf slopes.

I don't think anywhere in Corsica is closer to the sea than Etna, they are all on the central ridge.

Narvik looks like a contender but are Fjords the sea?

Onze in Japan is looking good though: http://onze.jp/
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I think there are closer ski lifts in Iceland, maybe Dalvk.

http://www.skiresort.info/ski-resorts/iceland/
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Fjords are the sea. They are full of killer whales and herring also part of the norwegian sea.
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Marble Mountain in Newfoundland is pretty close to the sea
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Nuuk , Greenland. was there for work once, right next to the airport, another area that I didn't get to ski, always next year


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Saltburn by the sea


Just a single black run when the snow is good, but definately close to the coast.
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Nuuk , Greenland. was there for work once, right next to the airport, another area that I didn't get to ski, always next year

Selling freezers to the Eskimos?
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As stated, Vancouver, but one not yet mentioned is Helsinki - the notorious Mountains of Serena are a leisurely 18km from the sea.
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A bit closer to home, the view from the top of the lift at Raise, across the run 'outer mongolia', is of Skiddaw, the Solway firth and Criffel beyond. The sea is about 20 miles away.

Theoretically it is possible to see the sea on the Northumberland coast 40 miles from Yad Moss.

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Parnassos in Greece is probably about 12 km from the sea as the crow flies, and you get a wonderful view of it from the slopes
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Hillend (when it snows...) I have skied lift-served powder there a few times and its only 9 miles or so from the sea in Edinburgh.
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Having had my Isle of Wight effort cruelly excluded, I think this wins:

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There are some ski lifts in Northern Iceland near lafsfjrur and Siglufjordur that can't be much more than a mile from the sea.
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Ooh, I've skied at a fair few of the the places mentioned above - Narvik, Nevis, Etna. Must have a thing for coastal skiing!
One that I've not been to though which may be the closest - Le Massif in Canada, right next to the St Lawrence River.
Pretty certain it's tidal at that point which, technically makes it the sea ... possibly
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@Neil Neige, good point. I would class a river which at that point is tidal, as the sea. The water is salt therefore it's the sea
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What about Troodos in Cyprus?
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Not quite as close as @Mike Pow's options maybe, but Sapporo Teine is pretty close to the sea too! Surf and ski on the same day if yer 'ard enuff:

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Ah, the ole geographer's question : what is the coastline?

Legally, in many places, it's what is below the Normal Tidal Limit or Head of Tide. This can be a long way from what most people describe as "the sea". For example, on the Thames, this is at Teddington Lock and, round here, the Mersey is tidal all the way up to a weir by Viccy Park in Warrington.

Apparently, the St Lawrence River is tidal beyond Quebec - hundreds of miles inland from the Atlantic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_of_tide
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What about Troodos in Cyprus?
If we are measuring 'as the crow flies' I reckon Troodos and Mt Etna must be very similar distances.
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