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thats where im goin next year, but its not big enough for his requirements. in the city its 200,000 and with the surrounding towns and counties i think its 2.3 million, not over 5. great skiing VERY close tho.
and for me thats a huge city haha
denver/slc are both good ones i think but i dont really know...
i ski at loon and live pretty close to boston which is 1 hour and 45 minutes away and is great and pretty sure mount snow is close but those are pretty small and flat east coast mountains with ill parks though
Philly if ya like skiing "mountains" with 300 ft vertical and nothing but ice ;)
oh well, we got good parks!
1: Calgary has over 1.2 million people and is the largest city in size next to New York in North America. (other cities feel bigger because they are made up of tons of town around them and it never feels like you leave the city but calgary isnt like that. Once you leave, there isnt a town for a while)
2: The closest legit ski hill is Sunshine which is around 1hour 20 mins away and Lake Louise is just over 2 hours.
3: You and the post that was right after you know absolutely nothing.
its true, calgary is all one city, unlike van or ny which are made up of a ton of other cities
and ya, i find you can get to shine in just over an hour, louise in about 1 hour45 and it only takes me 2 1/2 hours from my house on the west side of calgary to get to kicking hourse
haha your right, touch the skyyyyyyyyy! blue mountain!
Salt Lake city
Denver is like an hour or so away from a lot of major resorts
if you're looking at europe then not many of the cities in or near the alps are big enought to fit your defintion. however, i will say that grenoble, france and lausanne, switzerland are great places for city life and access to great skiing. neither is huge (both ~500,000) but both are supercool cities.
lausanne is very student-orientated with >50 000 students, mostly thanks to the hotel school there and has easy access to great skiing. les diablerets has a great park and one of the longest seasons in the alps, including summer glacier park. verbier has some of the best big mtn terrain in the world.
grenoble might well be the best ski city in the world. it also has loads of students (loads of int'l students at that thanks to the various int'l business schools). from grenoble you have a great park and good freeride terrain under a half hour away at les 7 laux. there's a good park also at les 2 alpes which is a big resort ~45mins from grenoble and is open through the summer on the glacier. la grave has lift access to arguably the gnarliest terrain in the world (either here or chamonix). 2400meters of vertical STEEP terrain. serre chevalier, home of the best tree skiing in europe is ~1 hour away. no resorts in the french alps are over 2 hours away by car. and trust me, the french alps have everything you need and much, much, much more.
plus europe has culture. don't be a pussy... go to grenoble.