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^^^ I agree 100 percent. Summitt County, CO has 5 awesome resorts (loveland, a basin, copper, breck, and keystone) with 20 minutes of each other not to mention winter park, beaver creek and vail being within an hour or so as well. Depending on where you live, resort vs town, you can spend as little or as much money as you want. And the free transportation is legit.
If your looking for a smaller more core ski town atmosphere i'd say crested butte colorado. Virtually all of the towns 1500 residents either ski or ride. And the terrain is some of the gnarliest off-piste in bounds skiing in the country
East coast top 3 are tremblant, lake placid,ny and burlington,vt.
Banff and Innsbruck are pretty radical ski towns. Lots of gnarly resorts, long seasons, great party scene, reasonable living costs (for ski towns), great people, a bus system for the hills (you have to pay for a bus pass in Banff).
"The resorts are quite small compared to other options and it certainly isn't that steep"
I dont know if we are talkin about the same utah. The resorts are pretty damn big and not steep? really? I know JH and some lower CO mtns might have alta and bird beat, but not by much and they have some epic cliffs.
But i do hear yea on the city. I does kinda suck even for a college town, but you get used to it. And i wouldnt want to live there in the summer. way too hot and dirty for me. plus no ocean
best climate, best mountains, best parks, best night life = LAKE TAHOE
banff for sure, the realest scene out there