10 hippest ski areas you rarely hear about

Every skier knows the question. We’ve just taken another incredible run into a bowl, down a chute or in and out of the trees, skated right onto the lift when we ask our skiing partner, “Why the heck isn’t anyone here?” I asked someone this very question while skiing virtually alone at Mount Bachelor on a recent Saturday. “Locals don’t really come up to the mountain if it isn’t sunny,” he smirked. As at all the coolest ski hills, grab a snow host to uncover the hidden runs and sneaky mini bowls and then enjoy the ride.

Text by Crai S. Bower | Photo editing by Mike Hipple

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Jan 31, 2013 11:28PM
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Mount Rose totally rocks.  I had a pass there for 4 years and loved it.  The chutes are definately a no fall zone.  Unfortunately I now have to ski flat, boring Idaho.  I miss Tahoe!
Jan 31, 2013 9:17PM
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Hahaha....the Montana skiers here are saying to not go there.  Keeping the last best place the best, I am sure!  PS.....on the triple black and etc. claims. A black D at Whistler or Park City is much tougher than a Black D that most eastern locations.  Its all about verticle, baby!
Jan 31, 2013 2:52PM
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I used to hear legendary tales about Bridger Bowl from the bums I ran into in back in Noirthern Idaho in the early 80's. Never made it there myself, but I always wanted to get there for the steep & deep.
Jan 31, 2013 11:44AM
Jan 31, 2013 7:11AM
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Jayolm, you must be a 16 y.o.  The purpose of the article is to discuss hidden gems.....obviously, you've never skied the Avalance Slides at Whiteface, or the tight, five foot wide tree runs at Mt. Sutton, Orford or Jay.  There are a lot of resorts in the northern tier in the East with narrow, twisting, stump and bump powder runs through the woods.   Not groomers, not cordoroy.  Trees in close, in your face every milli-second.  If your concentration goes from gap to tree trunk, you eat one.  Check out Le Intrepide', Andre's Paradise, Castle Rock, Enton Noir, Mittersill at Cannon, Rosebrook Canyons.  Then get back to me.
Jan 31, 2013 1:24AM
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Hey well cuz nobody cares about east coast skiing...!

Its all about the west baby!

 

 

 

Jan 30, 2013 11:37PM
Jan 30, 2013 11:18PM
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And all those "cool, hip ski meccas" are out west. Apparently the author has never been up to Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine. Therefore, lame results and a completely biased review.
Jan 30, 2013 9:55PM
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from ny had house in vermont 23 years  sold it ..plenty of great times   here goes   STRATTON good all the time  MAGIC MTN  conditions  possibly great  bromley mtn cool  okemo  terrific back side.  killington grand daddy of them all..mecca pico underlooked  right there to old grand dad solid fun  sugerbush fantastic  mad river glen   like it says ski it if you can  difficult at best but cool if your up for it. jay peak  another world ...theres  some there i would not ever .. ever attempt      you be my guest     SKI SAFELY..SKI VERMONT
Jan 30, 2013 9:34PM
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Nothing compares to skiing in Utah, at any of their resorts.  If you want to ski without snow boarders then try Alta, best powder on the planet bar none and a skiers haven.  Solitude has lots of 'tude' - great runs, good food and incredible snow.  Been all over the US of A and Utah's the best.  Our kids love it too and that's amazing 'cause they NEVER like anything we do!
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