Gore is the perfect local mountain. Near enough, lots of variety including some genuinely difficult terrain, complicated enough that locals can always avoid the tourist crowd, long traverses that discourage snowboarding, and frequent and predictable management screw ups to complain about. Cheap beers at Gigi's at the end of the day. What more could you want?
Place a series of dams on the Moose and Raquette Rivers. Build pumped storage hydro plants to continually circulate water to prevent freezing. Cheap power and an instant snow belt will appear to the east. IT's win-win. Gore will be the Alta of the East.
I saw that posted a while back. Gore is decent but it takes a lot of natch to make it great. Snow making gets it open and provides the access but you need lots more natural snow. Jay is the Alta of the east - albeit small.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
I guess Jay has the most snow like Alta, and is known for the pow trackout frenzy. Still they seem different to me. Maybe it's the waterpark, ice rink, events and non-skiing stuff.
I disagree that Gore requires a lot of snow to make it great. Gore rarely gets a lot of snow. We tend to get in the trees after 40 inches or so. Unlike the Catskills, the rock in the Adks is very smooth.
Average seasons are down to about 120 inches now. That's not much. Maybe you mean "a lot for Gore?"
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
What would AZ Ski Bowl be like if it was moved to the Wasatch?
It would have a lot more reliable snow and probably be overlooked by the majority. Snowbowl ain’t know bird or Alta.
I get where you were going with that though. It is nice being an AZ back country skier, when we get snow at least. I don’t want any part of a busy ski area powder frenzy any longer. That stuff sucks imo.
In a way, an areas downfalls can be its qualities depending on how you look at it.