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If you could only ski one area?

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Just suppose you could ski one area. Your favourite??
Mine would be the Dolomites. Not as steep as I would like and certainly not the accessibile off piste or trees like the USA I have had the privilege of skiing . The scenery, welcoming locals not to mention the food and architecture. It’s relaxing . I’ve worked and stayed in most of the Dolomite resorts. It’s a tough call as the USA offers very different ski experience. Winter Park a favourite.
We love France and Grand Massif which we return to yearly now with pets.
What’s yours ?
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Ski Amadé. I live here. It has everything I want. Of course it's nice to have the odd day trip somewhere else, but not essential.
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Japan, if I could travel by magic wand.
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Dolomites Smile
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Dolomites isn't one ski area - it's a region. The rules on qualification are not clear here. On the same basis I'd go for Interior BC (or all of BC so I get WB and all the heli ops up the coast as a Brucey bonus)
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Kiroro Resort, Hokkaido, Japan
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susieski wrote:

We love France and Grand Massif which we return to yearly now with pets.


Puzzled
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susieski, Thats easy really, if you're taking the Dolomites I'll take the Rockies Toofy Grin

Since they stretch from Northern BC to New Mexico encompassing all our favourite ski areas in North America Madeye-Smiley
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I'll stick with the Alps, though Rockies and Dolomites both have their attractions.
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Hard to answer this one, although I have done about 100 weeks of skiing, it has been in a small number of areas.
Paradiski probably gives the best mix of challenging piste & offpiste and affordable mountain food, by food, I mean essential nutrition rather than an enjoyable experience Laughing
The two Canadian resorts I have skied Kicking horse & Silverstar had by far the best challenging "piste" skiing but were too small.
Dolomites, excellent, affordable food but the piste skiing is spoiled by too much grooming.
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If the Dolomites are permitted than I'd raise you and go for the Alps
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Other things being equal, the Dolomites. Where people don't take their skiing toooooooooooo seriously and there is such a great choice of lunch spots.
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Tough call. I love the Dolomites, but if I have to be restricted to one ski area it would be the Jungfrau ski area. Being a member of the DHO in Wengen just tips the balance for me. Smile
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At the moment...anywhere.
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I have got to the stage where I normally leave my skis at Les Deux Alpes. Good skiing. Unpretentious resort. Friendly locals. Fellow skiers I know and like. OK, the lift pass for me is free, too!
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@red 27,
Now have 2 dogs that come with us. Easier driving to GM
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@susieski, ah yes, dogs, driving, I see what you're saying.

I thought for a moment your goldfish liked the Flaine architecture or something...
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Mount Baker seems fun
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@Alastair Pink, Not a member of DHO, but yes, Jungfrau it is... Close call with the Dolomites though.
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If I need to be more specific than "Europe" then Dolomites, and if I can't have all of them then I'll make do with just those that are all on the 1 main lift pass (which is my criteria for an area). Plus there's shed loads of non-skiing stuff within that geographical area too for the summer Smile some of which is among the most scenic in any of the alpine nations.

But I certainly would cheat and get 1 bonus trip in to Jungfrau first Wink
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If it was linked skiing then the Dolomites would be awesome. Ski Amade needs busses, ao that rules it out according to my rules, but for size and variety I'd say the 3v
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anywhere on 1 pass is my criteria for an area
in which case that Salzburgerland pass area would be my backup choice Smile
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@andy, what's that, about 10000000000km of skiing?
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I don't know very many areas, but if I was choosing somewhere to base myself, or for lots of repeat visits, then it needs to have the longest possible season, therefore Hintertux (Zillertal?) or another glacial area.
Or I'll just take Lapland and leave you lot with the altitude.
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@Grizzler, I've done a week on a glacier... Only bearable with full-time top-notch instruction (A.K.A. instructors course) and a lot of luck as snow was deep enough well below the glacier for Off-pisting.

2 months later at the PSB only Double-M was open.



There's lots of fun things to do in the mountains when the snow melts, so season is not nearly as much a big concern, in fact... Jungfrau or Dolomites will win out again.

@andy, Eigerbiketrails ?
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@Ronald, sorry, I meant to say an area which includes a glacier - not just the glacier per se.
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@Grizzler, Gotcha, I meant to imply it wouldn't have much value as it is boring as bleep
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@Ronald, that eiger bike challenge looks "fun". bit too much tarmac though Twisted Evil
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@Mother hucker, you win the first reference to Mt. Baker I've seen here. Anybody who likes new snow likes Baker. Really a better off-piste area, but they can say this and I don't think any other area can: in 1998 they got 1,140 inches of snowfall, an annual record. But that isn't the coolest thing about it. Even better: they opened in October of the following season, because the prior season's snowpack was still there! I have never heard of such a thing beyond a glacier.

I'll take Mt Bachelor. 6th largest area in the US. Reliably open from early Dec to late May, great trees, excellent cruising and lift system. Not much steeps, but I'm getting old. A day area-not one bed within 30 minutes. In the spring, golf in the afternoon.
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Great question.

If I had one ski day left on the planet...

If I was 18 Espace Killy

If I was 28 Whistler with 2 days in Vancouver

If I was 38 with Young kids Risoul.

I am 48ish The Great War ring in the Dollies
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@cameronphillips2000, Like your thought process.

18 - St Anton (Solo)

28 - Chamonix (Avec epouse)

38 - Dolomites (Con i bambini)

48 - Ski Amade (Mit Hausschuhen und einer guten Zigarre ).
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I would have based my self somewhere in the valley in Valais, Switzerland (probably Sion).
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Haven't been skiing in many places so I'd choose where I keep going back to - Banff. Big enough for variety, importantly "off-piste" (inbounds) wherever you want it, National Park beauty in the summer. I accept the food isn't great, though last time I'd got the impression they were sponsored by the beef farmers of Alberta...
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Whistler, or 3 Valleys. 10 yrs ago, would have said Les Grands Montets (Chamonix)
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