Catch of the Day - Ski Locally, Dream Globally
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JimK - DCSki Columnist
November 7, 2005
Member since 01/14/2004 🔗
2,890 posts
OK, this one's a little bit of a stretch, but go with me. Ever ski a far away place and be struck by certain similarities with our local hills? Many joyous aspects of skiing/boarding are universal. I offer a few somewhat fanciful analogies between local and far flung ski areas:

Wisp, MD and Zell am See, Austria; both share a certain feeling involving lots of snow, sunshine, and a lakeside location.
Shot of Zell:
Whitetail, PA and Waterville Valley, NH; both of these areas encourage high speed GS skiing due to a multitude of wide, manicured trails aimed straight down the fall-line.
Shot of Waterville Valley:
Snowshoe, WV and Winter Park, CO; perhaps it's the shared Intrawest organizational and architectural characteristics, but something about the plentiful snow, relatively extensive trail network and ever-present evergreens also bears a similarity.
Shot of Winter Park:
Seven Springs, PA and Saalbach, Austria; both horizontally huge in relative terms (Saalbach also has a decent 3000' vertical), they also share a lively slopeside restaurant/bar scene featuring rustic lodges, rambling wood decks, live music, and outdoor grills.
Shot of Saalbach:
Roger Z
November 7, 2005
Member since 01/16/2004 🔗
2,181 posts
Sheesh, Jim, somehow you made that work. Very impressive!
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