Catch of the Day - Identify six ski areas
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JimK - DCSki Columnist
October 2, 2009
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Pop quiz for a Friday. Can you name the six ski areas depicted in these photographs from divergent US and European locations? Some will be easy, some hard. I tried to pick images containing some cultural or geographic clues. Additionally, all shots portray beautiful scenery and tasty terrain grin
Hopefully links work. Most photos enlarge if you click on them

1. http://www.snowjournal.com/images/gallery_snowjournal/4ac5f79ab6c39.jpg

2. http://www.snowjournal.com/images/gallery_snowjournal/4ac5f90af14b1.jpg

3. http://www.snowjournal.com/images/gallery_snowjournal/4ac602f1d8513.jpg

4. http://www.snowjournal.com/images/gallery_snowjournal/4ac6031c257e5.jpg

5. http://www.snowjournal.com/images/gallery_snowjournal/4ac603683cd56.jpg

6. http://www.snowjournal.com/images/gallery_snowjournal/4ac603a0159d1.jpg
Denis - DCSki Supporter
October 2, 2009
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Thanks, I needed that.

#1 Looks like Alta (Supreme Chair area) to me. If it isn't it could be. It's also a bit old, based on tele equipment that was cutting edge ~ 15 years ago.

#2 The Tetons are unmistakeable. Jackson Hole.

I need help on all the others. I predict that they will all be identified before this time tomorrow.
JohnL
October 2, 2009
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Quote:

#2 The Tetons are unmistakeable. Jackson Hole.


Slight nit pick. Targhee. Grand Foghee to me. Never been there when it hasn't been pea soup. Look likes I missed a pretty nice view.
JohnL
October 2, 2009
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#4 is Snowbasin. Lone Tree Chute is at the top left.
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Denis - DCSki Supporter
October 2, 2009
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I've been to Targhee and if I recall correctly you can't see the Tetons from there. The view here is from the east I'm quite sure.
David
October 2, 2009
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#5 is looking down Off The Wall at Timberline. No doubt.
Denis - DCSki Supporter
October 2, 2009
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I tried to cheat (shame) by looking for photos on Targhee's site.

Look what happened yesterday,
http://www.grandtarghee.com/the-mountain/culture/pic-of-the-day.php

They also have great season pass prices.
JohnL
October 2, 2009
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Tetons and Targhee

This view used to be on their trail map, with two skiers skier down the front slope.
JohnL
October 2, 2009
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Many Utah locals I've talked to go to Targhee for road trips. Tells you something.
JimK - DCSki Columnist
October 2, 2009
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JohnL is correct about #2. The view of the Grand Tetons is looking East from backside of Grand Targhee ski area, WY. But Denis sure knows how to smell out a fresh powder dump. grin

JohnL correct about #4 also, view is from the mid-mountain Needles Lodge at Snowbasin ski area, UT. Lone Tree Chute to left.

Still waiting for correct guesses for other photos.

JohnL
October 2, 2009
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Some absolute guesses.

#1 Somewhere in Summit County. Or maybe Aspen Highlands.

#3 Squaw?

#5 Chamonix.

#6 I swear I've seen that rock formation somewhere. Tram colors and logo are wrong for what I want to guess.
comprex
October 2, 2009
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Originally Posted By: Denis
Thanks, I needed that.

#1 Looks like Alta (Supreme Chair area) to me. If it isn't it could be. It's also a bit old, based on tele equipment that was cutting edge ~ 15 years ago.


Hey! I -like- my Tuas.
Laurel Hill Crazie - DCSki Supporter
October 2, 2009
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#1 was taken on North Peak at Keystone looking to the Outback. Breckenridge Peaks 10, 9. and 8 in the upper right corner.
jimboc
October 2, 2009
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Since no one has gone for #3.....i believe that is Kirkwood
pagamony - DCSki Supporter
October 2, 2009
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#1 is keystone, looking at the back peaks and breck peaks 10, 9, and part of 8 of the ten mile range in the dist.

oh now i see i am 2 hours late - that's what i get for going to meetings all day. sorry for the noise.
Roger Z
October 3, 2009
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I know I'm late but I swear I'm not peaking at the answers smile

1) Keystone, CO
2) Grand Targhee, WY
3) Not sure but I'll try Alta, UT... or Utah at least.
4) Snowbasin, UT, you posted the name of the lodge!
5) Europe... Chamonix?
6) Looks like the Dolomites?

Wow these got harder as they went along, cool! Now I'm gonna go find the answers...
JimK - DCSki Columnist
October 3, 2009
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You guys are good. Pretty much got it, except for some details. And exact location of photo 6.

1. LHC probably has it better than I:
View from about 12,500 feet, standing above the inbounds hike-to black diamond bowls of Keystone, CO.

2.
View of the Grand Tetons looking East from backside of Grand Targhee ski area, WY.

3.
The Cirque at Kirkwood ski area, CA, featuring ~1500 vertical feet of inbounds hike-to extreme terrain. Site of freeskiing championships. A guy suffered a grisly death here trying to go for the biggest air record about 10 or 15 yrs ago.

4.
View from the mid-mountain Needles Lodge at Snowbasin ski area, UT. Lone Tree Chute to left.

5.
View of cloud covered Mt. Blanc massif from Charles Bozon ski trail at Le Brevent ski area near Chamonix, France.

6. hint...lift serves an area known for some of the more advanced terrain in the Sella Ronda circuit.

I've only been to Keystone and Kirkwood, but the others are places I've had my eye on for years.
bob
October 3, 2009
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<I've only been to Keystone and Kirkwood, but the others are places I've had my eye on for years.>

Be sure to get to the Dolomites. It is the prettiest place I've ever skied, and I've skied in a lot of places in Europe and North Amereica. A great weekend is the 3rd weekend of December at Val Gardena for the men's downhill. The European crowds really get into the races.

It's 2.5 hours by autobahn from Munich to Innsbruck then about 45 minutes over the Brenner pass into Italy.

Other great places I've skied in the Dolomiter are Arabba, Val de Fasse , and of course Cortina.

When you ski the Sella Ronda you actually ski lifts in about 6 different ski areas -- including all those I've listed. I've skied all six Dolomiti Northern areas, but none of the six Southern ones.

Beware of lift line combat when you go to Europe. They use funnels instead of the mazes we use here, so there is LOTS of pushing and shoving and generally rude behavior in lift lines. If you get there not expecting it, it'll ruin your trip. Learn to play the game and have fun with it.
JimK - DCSki Columnist
October 3, 2009
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I'm a scenery freak Bob, so Dolomites and Chamonix are on my bucket list.
Bob mentioned #6, it is the cable car running up from the village of Arabba, Italy.
bob
October 4, 2009
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Well Jim, if you are a scenery freak, then this should get you going:

http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en-US/ski-holidays-11EN.html
bob
October 4, 2009
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Jim, If you want to do the Dolomites up "Vail" style, there's no better place than this one in Val Gardena. It's about a 30 minute drive to Arabba from there -- or about 4 ski runs. Start out in eastern Val Gardena. Get to the top of the Dantercepies Gondola, and drop in skiing east bound.

http://www.alpenroyal.com/
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