Catch of the Day - Ski Locally, Dream Globally
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JimK - DCSki Columnist
November 7, 2005
Member since 01/14/2004
2,645 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: http://community.webshots.com/photo/118815263/118816374IxtZQo
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: http://community.webshots.com/photo/280363553/286111015zinjQl
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: http://community.webshots.com/photo/60282632/60283572qLBwGo
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: http://community.webshots.com/photo/34513685/34514528palHLF
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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