Categories of Ski Areas
With the closure of Killington on June 1, the lift-serviced ski season is over! Silly season has arrived!
Here is a suggestion of something that can keep us going for a few weeks:
I'd like to suggest categories for ski areas and once we determined what these categories are, see if we can come up with "a best list" for each. This thread is intended for northeast areas only because the verticals really don't make sense in the mid-west. (Aside to ciscokid: If you like this idea, you are best positioned to do a similar thread for the mid-west.).
- vertical: greater than 1000 foot vertical
- extensive development of housing/hotels/beds
- generally considered to be state-of-the-art snowmaking, lifts and grooming
- vertical: greater than 500'
- minimal development or housing within 30 minutes that is considered "specific to the ski area"
- most of visitors/guests, are daytrippers.
- Vertical: under 500' of vertical
- Serves a local metropolitan area
- Lifts, equipment and amenities may (or may not) be up-to-date.
Resorts with smaller ski areas as an amenity (that may also be open to the public)
- Examples: Purity Resort (King Pine)
Anyone want add categories or extend/clarify the definitions suggested?