10/07/2011 Michael A. Scanlon endlesswintersnow@yahoo.com Endless Winter Snow weblogUpdates.ping EndlessWinterSnow http://endlesswintersnow.blogspot.com/

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From additional snowmaking upgrades, to the newly-renovated Long Trail Pub; cutting and trimming more than 600 acres of trails; removing the water slide to improve access off Flume and Ovation; and Cooper’s Coffee outlets proudly serving Starbucks Coffee, you’ll see millions of dollars in resort improvements at Killington this season. The list of improvements is really too long to mention, but one thing is certain, from the newly owner-renovated Killington Grand Resort Hotel and Spa, to freshly painted lifts and lodges, you’ll notice a new look and feel throughout the resort this season!

Win a season pass at the Wobbly Barn Halloween Party!

The Wobbly Barn Steakhouse opens for it's 44th season with the annual Halloween Costume Party on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 8 p.m., featuring the high-energy rock and roll sounds of Joey Leone’s Chop Shop. Costume prizes in various categories will be awarded by The Wobbly Barn judges, with a grand prize of one Killington/Pico 2007-2008 Season Pass awarded to the individual with the most creative costume.



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Snow Basin - Utah

Ski Season Dates: Thanksgiving Day to mid-April (conditions permitting)
Operating Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Daily (some upper elevation lifts start closing at 3:30 p.m. daily)
Mountain Report Hotline: (801) 620-1100
Average Yearly Snowfall: 400 inches
Total Lifts: 12 (1 Tram, 2 Gondolas, 1 Quad, 4 Triples, 1 Double, 1 Magic carpet, 2 Handle Tows)
Skiable Acreage: 2,820
Vertical Rise: 2,959 feet


Need a Lift
Poma North America

Revelstoke gondola

Winter Park Panoramic Express

Courtesy of : www.leitner-poma.com


** Heavenly Valley
The new Olympic Express detachable-quad chairlift provides high-speed access to Olympic Downhill, three new trails and Nevada Woods - home to some of the best tree skiing in North America - letting guests more easily experience a part of the mountain that has been under-utilized due to the existing fixed-grip lift. Olympic Express also gives guests accessing the resort from Heavenly’s Stagecoach or Boulder Lodge a quicker route to Dipper Express, Comet Express and East Peak Lodge (snowboarders rejoice: no traverse!). The new lift will only take three-and-a-half minutes to ride, compared to 11 minutes on the old chair. www.skiheavenly.com

Top Resorts
I'm not surprised that I disagree with a leading trade magazines picks for top ten resorts
Here are my picks with comments: The magazines pick of Deer Park must be based on advertising budget or Family friendly? Deer Park , yes a good resort. But Number # 2, maybe,... when I'm 80 years old.
my Top Ten:
1- Chamonix
2- Verbier
3- Zermatt
4- Val d' Isere - Tignes
5- Courchevel
6- Grindelwald ( Interlakken, think the Eiger and the valley below.)
7- Kitzbuehl ( The race coarse is a legend in itself) 8- Stubai Glacier ( Open year round , when you just gotta have some ) 9-Les Arcs ( great place for speed skiing ) oh you meant N. American, Ok,..

1- Whistler- Blackcomb ( big vert, big village,"Big Bang", enough to host the Olympics )
2- Squaw Valley ( steep enough for a long list of X-treme skiers & riders )
3- Snowbird- Alta ( the powder is famous)
4- Mammoth Mountain ( tough to argue with a season that routinely has lifts running in June or July )
5- Jackson Hole
6- Kicking Horse or Panorama
7-Timberline Lodge ( because the lifts run evey month of the year that snow allows)
8- Killington those on the east coast will think I am completely biased if I omitted!
9- Telluride were you expecting the big "A"
10- A long list of ties. Depending on YOUR qualifiers.

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