The "worst name for a ski area"

joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
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In the "Name that area in 3 clues" thread, one of the clues for an area was: "Probably the worst  name ever for a ski area from the marketing viewpoint, at least to foreign visitors."  The answer was "Lac Vert, QC".  In finding that answer, a number of other "bad names" were suggested including, Misery Mountain, AB.

Who has suggestions for a list of nominees for the "worst name for a ski area?"
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  • Posts: 1,835
    • Big Sqauw (politically incorrect)
    • Dry Hill
    • Big Rock
    • Satan's Ridge (now Sundown)
    - Sam
  • marcskimarcski advanced
    Posts: 199
    Bogus Basin, ID.
  • Posts: 15
    Poverty Hill - Ellicottville, NY
  • ski_itski_it expert
    Posts: 1,559
    And the winner is Crotched Mountain
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  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
    Posts: 1,622
    Summary #1
    Politically Incorrect:
    - any area with the word "Squaw" in it

    Name implies an unpleasant state-of-being
    - Misery Mountain, AB
    - Poverty Hill (lost), NY

    Name implies less than great skiing:
    - Bogus Basin, ID
    - Dry Hill, NY
    - Lac Vert, QC

    Name has "body part" or "bodily function" potential
    - Big Rock, ME
    - Crotched Mtn., NH
    - Schroon Lake, NY

    to NES13: I'm not sure why Satan's Ridge would qualify any more than Suicide Six.  What do you think?
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    Summary #1
    Politically Incorrect:
    - any area with the word "Squaw" in it

    Name implies an unpleasant state-of-being
    - Misery Mountain, AB
    - Poverty Hill (lost), NY

    Name implies less than great skiing:
    - Bogus Basin, ID
    - Dry Hill, NY
    - Lac Vert, QC

    Name has "body part" or "bodily function" potential
    - Big Rock, ME
    - Crotched Mtn., NH
    - Schroon Lake, NY

    to NES13: I'm not sure why Satan's Ridge would qualify any more than Suicide Six.  What do you think?
    I think both qualify
    - Sam
  • bmwskierbmwskier advanced
    Posts: 256
    Q Burke
    "Making ski films is being irresponsible with other people's money, in a responsible sort of way..." 
    Greg Stump
  • flbskiflbski intermediate
    Posts: 69
    Jackass Ski Bowl (now Silver Mtn ID)
  • bousquet19bousquet19 advanced
    Posts: 216
    I'm with flbski on Jackass Ski Bowl ... although bmwskier has a point with Q Burke.

    Woody
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    I'm with flbski on Jackass Ski Bowl ... although bmwskier has a point with Q Burke.


    Woody
    +1
    - Sam
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
    Posts: 1,622
    Summary #2
    Politically Incorrect:
    - any area with the word "Squaw" in it

    Name implies an unpleasant state-of-being
    - Misery Mountain, AB
    - Poverty Hill (lost), NY

    Name implies less than great skiing:
    - Bogus Basin, ID
    - Dry Hill, NY
    - Lac Vert, QC

    Name has "body part" or "bodily function" potential
    - Big Rock, ME
    - Crotched Mtn., NH
    - Schroon Lake, NY

    Name is odd in some nondescript way
    - Jackass Ski Bowl, ID (now Silver Mtn.)
    - Satan's Ridge, CT (now Sundown)
    - Suicide Six, VT

    More?
  • ski_itski_it expert
    edited August 2015 Posts: 1,559

    Blue Knob, PA

    Alpine Valley, OHIO - 2nd runner up Alpine Valley, Wisconsin

    Not sure I get Big Rock, ME or Schroon Lake, NY

    +10 on Q Burke

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  • newmannewman advanced
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    Bousquet because nobody can pronounce it.
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    ski_it said:

    Blue Knob, PA

    Alpine Valley, OHIO - 2nd runner up Alpine Valley, Wisconsin

    Not sure I get Big Rock, ME or Schroon Lake, NY

    +10 on Q Burke

    Wow, OHIO..... :-O :-O :-O

    Haters gonna hate! :D

    (JK! It's all good!!)
  • Posts: 1,835

    Summary #2
    Politically Incorrect:
    - any area with the word "Squaw" in it

    Name implies an unpleasant state-of-being
    - Misery Mountain, AB
    - Poverty Hill (lost), NY

    Name implies less than great skiing:
    - Bogus Basin, ID
    - Dry Hill, NY
    - Lac Vert, QC

    Name has "body part" or "bodily function" potential
    - Big Rock, ME
    - Crotched Mtn., NH
    - Schroon Lake, NY

    Name is odd in some nondescript way
    - Jackass Ski Bowl, ID (now Silver Mtn.)
    - Satan's Ridge, CT (now Sundown)
    - Suicide Six, VT

    More?
    Personally I'd put Big Rock in the "implies less than great skiing" category.
    - Sam
  • SkizixSkizix advanced
    Posts: 148
    "Sun Valley" sounds like it could mean melted snow area...

    "Gore"   the place to ski and be impaled...  Yikes!
    "I need a powder day"
  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
    Posts: 743
    I think Kissing Bridge is an odd name for a ski area. Good place to ski on February 14th.

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  • ski_itski_it expert
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    I don't hate Ohio, but come on, an Alpine valley in Ohio? I agree JS about Big Rock.

    Some people who don't know about maple syrup production might think SugarBush is funny. 

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  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
    Posts: 743
    newman said:

    Bousquet because nobody can pronounce it.

    Or spell it correctly. Bosket, Bouskey, Bosco, no wait that's the chocolate syrup I like.

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  • trackbikertrackbiker intermediate
    Posts: 87
    Woody can both pronounce and spell it correctly. ;)
  • trackbikertrackbiker intermediate
    Posts: 87
    Blue Mountain, PA was originally called Little Gap. Not a great name for the area with the most vertical in PA.
  • ski_itski_it expert
    Posts: 1,559
    sugarloaf said:

    newman said:

    Bousquet because nobody can pronounce it.

    Or spell it correctly. Bosket, Bouskey, Bosco, no wait that's the chocolate syrup I like.
    I asked people who worked there and they didn't seem to know how to pronounce it either.  Buss-kit, which isn't how I would - boose-ket
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  • JimKJimK advanced
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    I know we did this topic on SJ 1.0.  A related list is the one for derogatory/humorous
    nicknames for ski areas.



     



    In the case of Wintergreen ski area, VA they are kind of one
    in the same.  Wintergreen sounds all
    fresh and minty, but it also has the all too true connotation that the place is
    too often green instead of white in the winter!!  Fortunately, they have a superb, fully
    automated snowmaking system.



  • BrklynskierBrklynskier novice
    Posts: 12
    Big Boulder   

    Seven Springs  

    Purgatory

    No Name
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    Big Boulder   

    Seven Springs  

    Purgatory

    No Name

    Why Seven Springs?
    - Sam
  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
    Posts: 981
    JimK said:



    In the case of Wintergreen ski area, VA they are kind of one
    in the same.
      Wintergreen sounds all
    fresh and minty, but it also has the all too true connotation that the place is
    too often green instead of white in the winter!!
      Fortunately, they have a superb, fully
    automated snowmaking system.



     Huh?   I always thought that was a pretty good name for a ski area, never thought about that connotation even though I suppose it's fairly obvious.  Kind of like that guy "Smoketoomuch" in the Monty Python skit I guess.  

    I always thought the name was a two part thing, since they have a full range of summer (green) and winter activities.  It also implies cooler temperatures, which has got to be attractive if you live near DC.






  • BrklynskierBrklynskier novice
    Posts: 12

    Big Boulder   

    Seven Springs  

    Purgatory

    No Name

    Why Seven Springs?
    Association with water of the unfrozen variety. 
    It sounds more like the name of a consumer product than a ski area.
            In my mind, I always associate Seven Springs with the beer cans (which were made for the resort):
                Link (I Hope)
  • podunk77podunk77 intermediate
    Posts: 23
    Blandford.  I know it's the name of the town, but still. 
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
    edited September 2015 Posts: 1,622
    FYI: I haven't seen anything that I consider adding to the last summary with the possible exception of Blandford.
  • ADKskierADKskier advanced
    Posts: 198
    Ski bowl at Government Camp the name really implies something small but Ski Bowl is actually the medium size mountain with some good terrain and good snow. But everyone always passes that up to go to Timberline or alpine meadows to highly overpriced mountains.
    ~Rich~
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