Some resorts thrive off skiers in their regions. These regional resorts have enough of the resort equation to draw crowds--just not from “all over”. Often, regional resort fans hope the rest of the skiing world never finds their hidden paradise. A good example of a regional resort is Washington's Crystal Mountain. Skiing there is incredible, but the resort has limited potential to grow into a draw for people outside the Pacific Northwest.
If people regularly fly to a ski resort with lots of amenities--and maybe a ludicrous amount of amenities--then it is a destination resort. Aspen, Vail, Killington, and Whistler, are well known examples of destination resorts. In such locales, the skiing and the amenities are often equally astounding, but so can be the price tag.
Many of the runs in western Massachusetts' Berkshire East are resort quality in design and upkeep. Those same runs are undiscovered. If you sometimes find yourself barreling north on Interstate 91 to ski in Vermont, try a Massachusetts detour. Exit onto Highway 2 West, and go 18 miles to the town of Charlemont. You will find Berkshire East, great snow, steep trails, and no crowds, which all serve to make up for the lack of amenities.
You may see this term in the ski media. It applies to many ski areas. “Feeder area” means that a ski area's market niche is attracting skiing and snowboarding neophytes and feeding them into the industry. Thus, ski areas are not solely competition to big resorts. The areas with fewer bells and whistles also bring people in that may later spend the big money for resort skiing.
The flagship resort of Intrawest Corporation, Whistler Blackcomb is seen by many plank riders as “the most”. It has the most terrain, the most vertical drop, the most acclaim. The list goes and goes. Whistler Blackcomb's skiing and après ski scene are world-renowned.
Annually, magazine readers pick Vail as the top-rated ski resort in the United States. Why? Many reasons: Terrain, snow, après ski, the back bowls, the long season. Vail has it all -- even the high prices. But the cost doesn't keep away skiers and snowboarders. Vail has been popular for decades.
If you can ski all that Alpental offers, you can ski! Off the Edelweiss Chair, Alpental serves up only advanced and expert terrain. From International to 500 acres of restricted access backcountry terrain, Edelweiss is your gateway to “no whiners” skiing. The view from the top astounds (on a rare clear day), but beware! There is no easy way down.
If a variety of amenities is your thing, the ski resort will probably be more desirable than the ski area. When applied correctly, “ski resort” means skiing and (a whole lot more--especially varied accommodations and dining choices). Ski resorts usually spend more on lifts, equipment, and facilities. Sadly, you will pay more for a lift ticket--sometimes way more--than at a ski area.
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom resort, Jay Peak gets respect, but maybe not enough. Jay touts its snow advantage. Its annual snowfall average trumps all skiing locales in the East. If you fancy yourself a glade skier, Jay may be your ultimate proving ground.
The term “ski area” means there are no amenities at the mountain or hill, like condos, or nighttime entertainment. But who cares? You came to ski, right? Of course, the typical ski area does have restrooms, a ski shop, a cafeteria, snack machines, and maybe a couple of video games (though these may be hand-me-downs).
Arapahoe Basin, a.k.a. A-Basin, a.k.a. The Legend, is known for extremes. It offers the highest lift served skiing in North America. The trails and bowls there are steep. And the average season lasts from November to June. Locals work at Summit County's nearby resorts, but ski A-Basin on their days off.
Do you long for gorgeous views? Challenging terrain? Plentiful snow? Easy access from a Pacific Northwest metropolitan area? Crystal Mountain can quench your desires. At Crystal, you will find all manner of terrain, but the prodigious regional ski resort is best suited to the experienced skier. Then again, if you take a few lessons at Crystal, you will likely become an experienced skier.
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Where can I purchase ski boot parts?
What is the best way to choose a ski boot?
Should a novice skier buy gloves or mittens?
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What can I expect at a spa inside ski resorts?
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How do I keep my balance when downhill skiing?
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Who is on the Armada skiing team of skiers?
What are the benefits of Head skis?
Does Rossignol make snowboards?
Does Rossignol make skis for children?
Should I switch from straight skis to shaped skis?
Are parabolic skis a good way to learn how to ski?
Should I try fat skis for freestyle skiing?
Are straight skis better for speed skiing?
Can anyone use racing skis and get better speed?
What is the best way to choose a ski boot?
Where can I purchase ski boot parts?
Do I need to worry about boot fit?
How often do I need new ski poles?
How should I plant my ski poles when going through moguls?
Can I buy ski poles on the Internet?
What are the benefits of carbon fiber ski poles?
Should I learn to ski without ski poles?
Can a broken ski pole be fixed or should I replace it?
What is the 'freeflex' in Tyrolia bindings?
Should I buy step-in ski bindings instead of newer plate bindings?
What type of skier uses Salomon bindings and skis?
When are mittens better than gloves?
What factors are important in choosing ski gloves?
Can I get mittens that have individual finger sleeves as well?
How many different types of ski gloves does Dakine make?
What makes ski racing gloves different from regular ski glvoes?
What snowboarding accessories does Bakoda make?
What kinds of ski gloves are available?
How do I cross train for skiing?
What can I do in ski country when there's no snow?
How do I store my ski goggles?
Why canít I breathe when I am wearing my ski mask?
Why should a novice skier by ski goggles?
What constitutes a good ski mask?
How does my child fit into last season ski goggles?
Why is a ski mask helpful in warmer temperatures?
Is it safe to wear my old ski goggles for over glasses?
How do I keep my ski goggles from fogging up?
What should I look for in boot bags for my ski boots?
Are ski bags a practical way to travel with my own skiing gear?
What Kind of Ski Hat Do I Need?
Why do I need a ski hat on a warm day on the slopes?
How can I save money on skiing?
What is great about today's skis?
Why is ski clothing so important?
What Should I Wear Under my Ski Clothes?
Is there really a Difference between Menís and Womenís Ski Apparel?
Can Your Ski Apparel be Used Season after Season?
What are the difficulty levels of ski slopes?
Trail map symbols -- what should I know?
Should I use all natural ski wax for my waxing?
Can Ptex repair chips or cracks in my skis?
What is the best type of file for ski edge filing?
What ski tuning supplies will I need to do my own tuning?
What conditions will affect my ski wax and need for re-waxing?
What is an easy way to do edge tuning on my skis?
What type of ski wax brush should I use?
Where can I find ski tuning tips?
Should I try tuning my own skis with a ski tuning kit?
How do I hot wax my snowboard?
When should I use all temp wax?
How long will it take me to learn to ski?
Where can I find beginner ski tips from professional skiers?
How severe is the weather for a beginner skier who is not used to it?
Should a beginner skier rent or buy skis?
Where can I find beginner ski tips regarding safety?
Can I drink alcohol while skiing?
Can a child learn freestyle skiing?
Can I enjoy skiing even though I am disabled?
How old is too old for skiing?
How do I position my skis when downhill skiing?
What are the best foods to eat when skiing?
How long is the average ski trip?
When is the best time of year to go skiing?
What is a good way to start learning slalom skiing?
Where can I find the best downhill skiing?
What is important to know about landing a ski jump?
Do I need special skis for landing backwards off of ski jumps?
Are ski videos a good way to learn ski tricks?
Are there good ski camps for kids?
How can I get started in snow ski instruction?
At what age is ski instruction useful?
How has technology affected the ski lesson and skiing in general?
Can I find discount for Utah ski resorts?
Which is the best of the many Montana ski resorts?
What can I expect to pay for lift tickerts at Lake Tahoe ski resorts?
What unusual places do people ski ?
Should I stay at ski resorts when I plan a vacation?
Where can I ski in the Southern Hemisphere?
How close will my room be to the slopes at ski resorts?
When is the least expensive time to plan a ski vacation?
How Can I save money on ski clothing and ski gear?
How can I find affordable lodging near ski areas?
Where can I find affordable llift tickets?
What are some inexpensive ski destinations in other countries?
Where can I find affordable food at ski areas?
How can I find affordable ski lessons?
What is the shaft of the ski pole?
What is the basket of a ski pole?
What should I know prior to buying ski poles?
Why is ski pole length important?
What length should I choose for skating technique?
What are the components of a ski binding?
What is an integrated ski system?
What is the purpose of the DIN setting?
For whom is dampening important?
What precautions should I take when Transporting my skis on a rack?
What type of binding is best for extended backcountry tours?
What is the advantage of a stiff flex cross country ski?
What differentiates skate skis from touring skis?
How should I dress for cross country skiing?
What are the best fabrics for the insulation layer of cross country ski clothing?
What should I look for in a cross country ski glove?
What should I look for in skis at a ski swap/
Should I rent or buy ski equipment if my kids are new to skiing?
Why is a helmet important for my child?
How long should skis be for my three year old?
What is the best way to keep my kids warm on the slopes?
What determines ski bag price?
What are the advantages of a boot backback?
What are the advantages of cargo boxes over ski racks?
What is the purpose of the Walk EZ Revolution?
I want to take video on the slopes but don't like the weight of a digital camera. any suggestions?
How can I keep my hands warm on the slopes?
What size bladder should I get for ski trips?
I want to take up recreational ski racing. What type of shell should I look for?
How wide should the waist be on a backcountry ski?
Which famous ski racer works with the Head design team?
Why are the new Apaches called the Apache Coomba?
I can ski most of the mountain, as long as it's groomed. What's the best ski for me?
What type of fleece is best for cross-country skiing?
What are some of the unique qualities of Dynastar women's skis?
I am a new skier. Which K2 should I get?
What is a good park ski for my 14 year old daughter?
Where can I find professional workshops about women's ski equipment?
What's wrong with stretch pants for skiing?
What is the best type of helmet for skiing trees?
I can never find goggles that fit with my helmet. Suggestions?
I want to take on-mountain photos, but hate carry a camera. Suggestions?
I ski the trees. What sort of helmet should I buy?
My head gets very warm. What kind of helmet do I need?
if it's still cold even with a helmet, What should I do?
How can I find good discounts on ski head gear?
How do racing skis differ from tradtional alpine skis?
What should I look for in a kid's ski?
What is the FIS and why should I care?
Please name some manufacturers of junior race skis.
What will I need tostart a race course at my local hill?
Where is the best ski swap to find ski racing bargains?
What type of ski do I need for slalom events?
What are ski racing suits made of?
Why do I need custom insoles for my ski boots?
What is the most ergonomical way to carry my ski boots?
How do I get rid of ice accumulations on my ski boots?
Is there any device that I can use tot tighten my boots while I am on the slopes?
What can I use for waxing my skis while traveling?
What happens if my skis become "edge high?"
What type of wax is common for Nordic skiers?
What is the purpose of cold weather waxes?
What is the purpose of a fluoro paste wax?
How do I know if I need to shapen my ski edges?
Should I rent skis or should I buy them?
Where is a good place to ski in New York?
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|