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boardstupid wrote:
La Contamine. ...

It has dissapeared off the radar in terms of brouchure listings.. Puzzled


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pam w wrote:
paulio, sorry. First I go off at half cock with a cat, now you have people who think Les Contamines is an unknown resort...

I could contribute Areches-Beaufort. It's not unknown, it's just that most British skiers have never heard of it. Or Flumet. A small place, with one of the nastiest drag lifts in the business.


Courcheval...
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How about La Giettaz? It's now linked to the Jaillet/Combloux sector of Megève, but by a 6.4k track (and two tedious drags on the way back) so it's not exactly invaded from that side. It's quite nice when you get there though.
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Apparently the world’s smallest resort is Mosset - 100m vertical, not sure how many lifts but I would think only one.
http://www.prades-tourisme.com/new/alentours/engels_mosset.html#

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In winter you can ski in “the smallest ski resort in the world”, at the Col de Jau, just above the village. Seduced by the vitality of the village, the warm welcome of the Mossétans the richness of the culture and heritage and the presence of many artists

So if you want to be seduced and welcomed by artists as you whizz down the 100m then this is the place to go.

"Smallest", by what critiria?

I learned to ski in a "hill" of about 100 FEET. It doesn't even resemble a hill. More like a pile of dirt in the middle of farm land. You can't even see it over the snow bank on the roadside, until you arrive at the plot of dirt they call parking...

I believe it actually has a name. Something like Mt. Holly. That's the first word that came out of many people's mouth when they finally saw the "mount"! wink

But no, it's NOT indoors. It's REAL SNOW. Tons of it, in fact. Just more suitable for x-c than for downhill skiing.
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Wayne wrote:
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Apparently the world’s smallest resort is Mosset - 100m vertical, not sure how many lifts but I would think only one.
http://www.prades-tourisme.com/new/alentours/engels_mosset.html#

To quote
In winter you can ski in “the smallest ski resort in the world”, at the Col de Jau, just above the village. Seduced by the vitality of the village, the warm welcome of the Mossétans the richness of the culture and heritage and the presence of many artists

So if you want to be seduced and welcomed by artists as you whizz down the 100m then this is the place to go.

"Smallest", by what critiria?

I learned to ski at a "hill" of about 100 FEET. It doesn't even resemble a hill. More like a pile of dirt in the middle of farm land. You can't even see it over the snow bank on the roadside, until you arrive at the plot of dirt they call parking...

I believe it actually has a name. Something like Mt. Holly. That's the first word that came out of many people's mouth when they finally saw the "mount"! wink

But no, it's NOT indoors. It's REAL SNOW. Tons of it, in fact. Just more suitable for x-c than for downhill skiing.
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davidof, Laughing Laughing ........( Evil or Very Mad )
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laundryman, La Giettaz is on my "must do" list for this season. Come to that, it was on my "must do" list last year too....
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abc, USA? NY State? Pictures please!
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Strange how certain resorts get completely ignored by Brit TOs although they are in fact pretty decent ski areas. Best example I know of being Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal.
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Steilhang,

Even now I think most Brits do not see Germany as a holiday destination. But your right Oberstdorf is a great place, gets nearly the same weather as the Arlberg so always plenty of snow when I have been.
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JimSearle, It's only partly Germany! The Fellhorn-Kanzelwand area spans Germany and Austria. It's a powder hole. In fact you can often see the Valuga from one of the ski areas in Kleinwalsertal! Unfortunately in contrast to the British TOs the Dutch TOs have very much latched onto it Sad
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Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal.

Probably ignored because so few Brits could pronounce it whereas the Dutch wouldn't have a problem. Brits probably can't pronounce Les Houches either, but they think they can. wink I can now having been educated by French speaking snowHead s.
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pam w, the Dutch 'think' they can pronounce it, but they can't. When they speak German they sound like someone's rammed a frog with streptococcus down their throat rolling eyes But that doesn't stop them from knowing more about mountains, skiing, avalanches, what the farmers think the weather signs portend, than anybody else on the planet rolling eyes
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Super St. Bernard, www.espacesupersaintbernard.ch, one lift at the top of the St. Bernard Pass. Several fantastic off piste routes from Switzerland into Italy, a few through a cool old tunnel. The front side has a couple of pistes, if you could call them that, quite steep at the top and long too.
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SpindleruvMlyn Czech Republic - well known by Dutch but few Brits. Had great holiday there Feb 2005 plentyof snow but cold, not much sun that week. Little Angel
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BOARD RIDER GUIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wink
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This is a list of ski areas and resorts in Iran:

Dizin
Shemshak
Tochal
Damavand
Abali
Darbandsar
Khor Ski Resort
Khoshaku, (Urmia)
Sahand Ski Resort, (Tabriz)
Kuhrang, (Bakhtiyari)
Kakan, (Yasuj)
Tarik-darreh, (Hamadan)
Alvares, (Ardabil)
Sepidan, Kohkiluyeh
Shahmirzad Ski Resort, Semnan province
Shandiz, Khorasan province
Chelgard, (Shahr-e Kord)

Shemshak looks fantastic but I'm having a job persuading my mates to go... they like to drink their beer openly.


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bertie bassett wrote:


There's a shed load of places in france/austria where there's a tow and a couple of runs. For example - I'm going to go here for an 1/2 day this season


One of my local resorts, skied there twice this season, beware the avalanche risk wink

http://www.data-avalanche.org/alea_avalanches/view_item/Avalanche/50000269
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Ober Gatlinburg Tennessee, near Dolly Parton's Dollywood Theme Park Toofy Grin
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Les Monts d'Olmes and Ax-les-Thermes in the French Pyrenees. I had a day's skiing in Ax before Christmas. I haven't skied at Mont d'Olmes but have walked there on a miserable autumn day.
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Ober Gatlinburg Tennessee, near Dolly Parton's Dollywood Theme Park Toofy Grin


Haha. That's a good 'un.
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A couple of "ski hills" in Colorado worth a look are Loveland and Eldora.
If you ever stay in Boulder Eldora is your local hill - about a 30-45 min drive away.
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Steilhang wrote:
pam w, the Dutch 'think' they can pronounce it, but they can't. When they speak German they sound like someone's rammed a frog with streptococcus down their throat

Quite often Germans think I am Dutch. Now I know why rolling eyes

Since this thread has been resurrected, I could suggest two areas in Tirol near me: Durchholzen, where I ski the occasional day, and Kössen, though I would expect it to be better known (was a favourite of mine because of the Kaiserschmarr'n but was unfortunately removed from my season ticket a few years back, so I don't go so often now).

The nearest area to me is the Geigelstein, near Schleching, but I think they have stopped preparing the pistes in the past few years (still popular with tourers). Last skied there in 2005. Actually, I almost became a shareholder in the lift, on the principle: support local skiing, but that idea fell through.
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Great thread!

I've another US one - Okemo

Be gentle with me, I'm new here! Sad

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Crevacol http://www.crevacol.it/
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Oh, and just thought of another.

Hammarbybacken. http://www.skistar.com/hammarbybacken/

But being in a capital city it is obviously known to the locals.
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alex_heney wrote:
Troodos, Cyprus.

I was there with my family when I was only about 5, but don't honestly remember it.


We went to the summit of the troodos mountains in september 2005 and passed the lifts and slopes.

Had to stop and take a pic!!!

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Mentioned it before - but Churchill Falls, Labrador. A single piste down the side of a gorge, with a lift to bring you back up again. Probably not worth travelling to if you live more than 10 miles away.

Resort is stretching it a bit
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Mt.Hermon in Israel-4 lifts,a number of drag-lifts,the problem is making your way down through half of the Israels population(the other half is skiing in Europe) Smile


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Didnt see it listed on this thread so far (May have missed it) but a couple of seasons ago Crystal were taking booking to the Lebenon and then they had the conflict with Isreal. (Lebenon, not Crystal!!)

Cant remember the names of the resorts or even know if they were any good!!! Puzzled
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Manning Park, BC - I even blogged and posted pics - http://gortonator.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!AF2DD3CC35CC7ADF!2175.entry - to ensure it remains completely unknown Smile
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Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff - the most amazing views of the Grand Canyon as you ride chairlift.
Las Vegas ski area, 45 mins away from strip.
I skied both in April 2005 and they were each great fun for the day.
Devils Elbow, Peterborough, Ontario
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Sljeme (http://www.sljeme.hr/) in Croatia. Right next to Zagreb
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Falls Creek


Thats my local, only 9 hours drive from Adelaide. Laughing
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Another one that probably isn't known here is Kalpalinna in Finland (though I see there is a FIS Masters Special Slalom there on 23rd January, so it can't be completely unknown). And that is pretty well what it is, a couple of slalom hang runs (although on the Internet I read there are 18 lifts and 12 ski slopes, the highest 92m; I must have missed something!). I had an enjoyable evening's night skiing there once.
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Kalpalinna is one of the oldest ski centres in Finland, with facilities for Alpine skiing, snowboarding, freestyle and speed skiing. NEW: Kalpalinna cross center: ATV- and Snow mobile safaris

I suspect that there might be more of these smaller areas dotted around Finland, for they do have the snow.
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Didnt see it listed on this thread so far (May have missed it) but a couple of seasons ago Crystal were taking booking to the Lebenon and then they had the conflict with Isreal. (Lebenon, not Crystal!!)/


I'm pretty sure it was Cedars - although there are quite a few others: http://www.skileb.com/ski-lebanon/resorts/ I was on a course with a few guys from Beirut last Autumn - and they made Lebanon sound an extremely nice to visit Shocked

In summer, we've been a to few resorts in Northern Spain (Picos de Europa - not Pyrenees) although I don't recall the names, and to Col de Vergio on Corsica.

If you want somewhere which is *really* isolated (in terms of being a long long way from any other ski resort), then Tiffendale is hard to beat: http://www.tiffindell.co.za/
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