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November 06, 2008

Orbitz Top 10 Ski Resorts

Orbitz published their list of the top 10 ski resorts but it appears that they just published destination resorts as opposed to some of the real gems that lack some of the night life. Here is their list:

  • 1) Lake Tahoe
  • 2) Breckenridge, Colorado
  • 3) Park City, Utah
  • 4) Vail, Colorado
  • 5) Aspen, Colorado
  • 6) Keystone, Colorado
  • 6) Winter Park, Colorado
  • 8) Whistler, British Columbia
  • 9) Banff, Canada
  • 10) Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

I would have added Alta-Snowbird to the list, not just for those two resorts, but for both little and big Cottonwood Canyons sporting 4 resorts within 20 minutes of each other. The skiing is better on the West side of the Wasatch because of the amount of snowfall from Lake Effect.

I also would have added Big Sky, Montana and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Both offer massive mountains and Jackson just replaced their tram.

From what I understand, Mammoth is a heck of a place to ski. with both size and ample snow. But it is tough to make a top 10 list because you leave something off every time. Of my favorite places to ski, Alta is top of the list.

Posted by Justin at November 6, 2008 10:26 AM


Is there really a way to get between Alta/S'bird and Brighton/Solitude in 20 minutes? Seems like it takes about 30 or 40 minutes to get up or down either of the Cottonwoods if the roads are good. It is possible to get from Park City to Brighton over Guardsman Pass in less than 30 minutes in the summer, but the road is closed in winter unless you have a snowmobile.

One of my fantasies is to open the old mines to connect PC to Little and Big Cottonwood. Or, on the surface, with just two more lifts you could connect PCMR, Deer Valley, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird and Alta. Just two more lifts!

I'm about to make my long migration back to Park City from the Pacific Northwest. I never skied Colorado, because once I got to Utah I couldn't imagine any better snow.

Deer Valley is my home base and combined with PCMR and The Canyons, you gotta consider Park City a top 5 destination. For sure, Alta-Bird too, but Park City is a real town with real amenities.

Before Deer Valley, I taught at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon. A big volcano with rough weather in the winter, but the best spring skiing anywhere. On a sunny day with fresh snow, backside Bachelor has the best skiing on the planet. In 2007 I skied powder on Memorial Day there. I always go back to Bachelor in the spring.

Posted by: Snowday at November 7, 2008 08:16 AM

From the Deseret News:

Someday, in the distant future, skiers coming to Utah may be able to drive from Alta to Brighton in minutes instead of an hour, or head straight from Snowbird to Park City over a scenic route instead of a busy freeway.

These ideas and more are certain to be among the main talking points of a Nov. 3 meeting called by Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to discuss transportation issues related to Utah's growing ski industry.

Other topics will no doubt be those reviewed back in 1990 during site evaluations for the 2002 Olympics.

They include:

• Paving Guardsman Pass Road between Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon.

• Digging tunnels from Brighton to Alta, linking Big and Little Cottonwood canyons; from Brighton to Snake Creek, linking Heber and the two canyons; from Salt Lake Valley to Snowbird; from Solitude to Iron Mountain in Park City; and from Salt Lake Valley to Snowbird to Solitude to Iron Mountain.

• Installing cableways from Brighton to Park City and from Snowbird to Park City.

• And installing a monorail or cog rail in the tunnels.

The proposed links were included in a study done to review transportation issues during the Olympics. Those same winter transportation issues could face Utah in the future.

Posted by: Justin B. at November 7, 2008 11:51 AM


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Many local lodging facilities in La Grande and Baker City offer discounts and ski packages for their patrons who are there for the driest powder in Oregon. With views that overlook the Elkhorn and Eagle Cap mountains, the scenery is indeed second to none.

Eastern Oregon has many wonderful restaurants to choose from and a new wine bar is opening in Baker City and a new brewery in La Grande.

If you have a season pass to any ski resort, we will give you $5 off your lift ticket. And, take advantage of our Friday Four Pack! Purchase 4 days of skiing or riding at Ski Anthony Lakes for only $79! Must purchase now, through December 24, 2008. Offer is valid ALL Fridays from January 1, 2009 — March 27, 2009. Use all four for yourself or take the family skiing! Redeem in person at the ticket office.

We look forward to seeing you!

Posted by: Christy Barber at November 12, 2008 10:44 AM