I'm with the Deer Valley UT folks. It's so well kept and easy to get on the lifts- no lines with so many. Also for me you can't beat the no boarder policy. Sorry, I love the boarders in my family but I like the skier only spots...
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It's good to hear so much praise about Whistler/Banff. I will get there someday. I have to say my favorite resort so far was Heavenly in Tahoe. I also really loved Kirkwood. I always have a great time at Beaver Creek/Vail, but that's because we have friends to stay with and we get great discounts on skiing - otherwise it would be too expensive. After just skiing Snowbird for the first time, I have a new love, but it still doesn't top Heavenly for me. I live in the Northeast and love Jay Peak, but for a nearby, jump in the car and drive 1.5 hours, I like Mt Snow and Bromley. I also really loved Sunday River, Maine. It had some steep trails, but also lots of long, rolling blue trails.
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Personally I'm from a 200 ft vert. hill in Ontario, but moved out to Alberta for the winter. So I may be a little biased at this point but Lake Louise and Sunshine Village are definitely in my top 3.
But I can agree with MONY924 about Sugarloaf, Maine. I'm sitting in the condo we rent every year looking at the mountain as I type this. So its also one of my faves. From east to west, as long as there is a mountain, it's good in my books.
I like to go to different places, too. But the last few years I've been able to stay with my brother (for free) and right on the slopes! And sometimes even get discounted passes! So it has made sense to ski the resorts closest to him in Park City. :)
It was nice to here a positive comment about my home slopes--Eldora. :-) I really like the convenience there, and even though it's small, there's a good variety.
I haven't skied too many places. I grew up skiing at Telluride (mainly before it got glitzy, when it was still a hippy town), and that was really amazing. I've also skied at Powderhorn (eh, but pleasant), Crested Butte (before it got more glitzy, too), and just recently Winter Park/Mary Jane. I guess what I'd say is that I really enjoy going new places, and big awesome terrain is great, but I find it hard to cover the whole mountain (not sure I'd want to, anyway), and I'm always up for something new. :-)
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Hard question. I love Snowbird/Alta. Whistler's got so much terrain, it's also one of my favorites.
In the East, I love Jay Peak, but it's so hard to get to. Mad River Glenn and Sugarbush are my Eastern runner-ups.
Portillo in Chile is like a different skiing experience in its entirety. Life there moves at a slower pace, and revolves around total relaxation and enjoyment, from the meals to the slope-side cantinas.
Now...if only I could finally work that European ski trip I've been longing for....
I've had fun at most places that I've skied at, from Mt. Lacrosse, to Mt. Kato, to Colorado to Utah.
I think my favorite place was Brighton in Utah... not because it was big, but because it felt like it could be a friendly and fun home hill. It had great terrain for all levels of riders, and there was some easily accessible back country stuff.
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